Ranchi: A day before the Jharkhand Budget 2012-12 was to be tabled in the House on Thursday by Finance Minister Hemant Soren to boost up growth prospects in the state, it was allegedly leaked. The government has ordered an enquiry into the case.

Speaker CP Singh asked Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Thursday to investigate the leaking of the contents of the Budget and take action against the accused officials within a week.

The Speaker gave the instruction after an objection was raised by Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Democratic) MLA Pradeep Yadav citing the published details of the upcoming Budget.

In his second annual Budget worth of Rs 37,113.80 crore, Finance Minister Soren has emphasised on key sectors of rural development, agriculture, education and infrastructure. The Budget has also a provision of Rs 18404.13 crore for the non-plan expenditure and Rs 18,709.67 crore for the planned expenditure.

An amount of Rs 16,300 crore has been proposed for the state policies in the Budget. The state government would have to bear a burden of debt of Rs 3005.26 crore in the new Budget. 2.33 percent of the Budget is likely to be spent on agriculture and Rs 1950 crore has been proposed for Policy Budget of which Rs 1770 crore will be received under the AIBP quota.

Focusing on urban and rural infrastructure, 19.5 percent of the budget expenditure has been earmarked for power, roads and potable water.

In order to raise the living standard of people in the rural areas, a new scheme ‘Johar’ has been announced in the Budget along with providing shelter to the poor families under the Adarsh Gramin Yojana.

Stress on education

Laying stress on improvement in the education sector, a Chief Minister Integrated Child Scholarship has also been introduced in the Budget. The government will also provide dress, books and solar lamps to the girl students of class 9 to class 12. Moreover, the registration and examination fee for high school and intermediate examinations will not be charged from students.