New Delhi: Ahead of the upcoming polls, the state governments of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry seem to have become more compassionate to common man.
The governments in the five states have opened their treasury for all sorts of social and development works to woo the voters.


Budget allocation for sectors like education, health and rural development has been doubled. In 2003, Left government’s total expense ratio for the development sector has grown from 31.9 percent in 2008-09 to 42.9 per cent in 2010-11.


Likewise in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry the total expenditure has increased from 33.1 per cent, 39.3 per cent, 31 per cent to 34.8 per cent, 34.7 per cent and 46 per cent respectively.
However, in Assam the social spending share is constantly on decline. In 2009-10 it has decreased from 40 per cent to 33.1 per cent.


In Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi’s government has made a new provision. Now, they will spend Rs 35, 83.47 crore in the medical, public health and family welfare sectors during 2010-11, which amounts to 4.8 per cent of the total development cost. But, four years ago, this was only 3.3 percent.


West Bengal in 2008-09 had spent 13.1 per cent of the total cost in education sector, which increased to 18.3 percent in the last financial year's budget. However, along with this, budget allocation for arts and culture has been doubled to Rs 13572.17 from 7948.27.

JPN/Bureau