The BJP-led Assam Government has achieved a new milestone by spending over 70 per cent of the budgetary allocation made for the 2017-18 financial year. Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in Guwahati on Thursday that never before in Assam’s history had the State made such massive expenditure.

“I am happy to share that we have made record spending with our budgetary expenditure increasing by up to 70.49%. We spent Rs 70,105 crore out of the Rs 99,453 crore allotted in the 2017-18 Budget,” Finance Minister Sarma said, adding that there has also been a sharp increase in revenue collection that has shot up by 15% after the BJP came to power in the State.

The Assam Finance Minister also had some good news for State government employees and announced that salaries would be released before Rongali Bihu and that instructions to the treasuries have already been made.

He also dismissed reports that the central government has stopped funding central schemes in 90:10 ratio and claimed Assam is still enjoying the status of a Special State.

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