In a media briefing on the pre-budget consultations held here on
Tuesday, Mani said that the general assessment in the discussions was that the
state can overcome the impact of the nationwide economic recession and drastic
fall in growth in the primary sector only through a restructuring of the
agricultural sector through judicious mechanisation and making the best use of
biotechnology, genetic engineering and nanotechnology.
Employment generation through innovative projects and avenues for
skill development are other areas the state should lay focus on to move forward.
“Due importance will be given to agriculture,” he said, adding
that measures to effectively utilise the remittances of NRKs will also be
“Projects to best utilise the NRK funds has to be formulated”, he
said. Mani said that the state budget will be presented early next month,
probably on March 9. It will be presented ahead of the Union Budget this time,
“The revenue deficit of the state in the ongoing fiscal is 1.3
per cent and the fiscal deficit stands at 3.5 per cent. The 13th Finance
Commission had recommended to bring down the revenue deficit to 0.9 per cent in
2013-14 and to zero by 2014-15. If the Effective Revenue Deficit system, which
is under active consideration of the Centre is implemented, the revenue deficit
can be brought down. Curtailing wasteful expenditure and boosting income
generation are very important,” Mani said.
On how the state can bring down the revenue and fiscal deficit
when funds exceeding even the budget outlay are sanctioned for various projects
and also when the burden of salaries and pension is mounting, Mani said that
there is nothing wrong in resorting to borrowed funds, provided they are
utilised for productive purposes.
Finance Principal Secretary V P Joy was also present at the news
IBNLive.com, India, dated