Source: 
IBN Live
http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/avoidable-expenditures-led-to-deficit-in-goa-budget-ngo/960709.html
Author: 
PTI
Date: 
08.02.2012
City: 
Panaji

An election watchdog NGO today claimed that during the regime of Digambar Kamat government, avoidable expenditures were responsible for deficit. The state's finances changed from revenue-surplus to revenue-deficit in FY 2009-10. According to Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which released a report on Kamat government's performance today, ahead of the March 3 assembly polls, the revenue receipts grew 16 per cent while expenditure increased 23.5 per cent in FY 09-10. Bhaskar Assoldekar, ADR's state coordinator, said, "Most of the expenditure was on education, sports, art and culture (Rs 160 crore), pension and retirement benefits (Rs 129 crore), power (Rs 76 crore) and health and family welfare (Rs 53 crore)." Salary and pension liability increased in 2009-10 due to implementation of the sixth pay commission. "Goa has a government servant ratio of 1:26. There is no employment audit for the government servants to check how many of them are surplus," said Manguirish Pai-Raikar, ADR member and Chairman of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). The deficit in 2009-10 was 5.49 per cent of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). In 2008-09 and 2009-10, Goa did not receive any debt waiver as the necessary conditions were not met.

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