In West Bengal, of the total projected Rs 2,886 crore the state plans to spend as capital investment for health, almost 40 per cent will be spent on medical education, training and research, clearly a revenue expenditure
States have begun to put serious money in their capital budgets but how much of that money is new and where does the spending go? India Ratings & Research data shows for FY24 nine major state governments plan to spend close to 26 per cent more than what they spent in FY23. As absolute numbers, these are big sums and bear examination.
An analysis of the state budgets by Business Standard shows a large part of those capex numbers in key states are meant for construction of buildings. These are mostly for hospitals, schools or training institutions, particularly in eastern states. Hardly any state has made provisions that, say, mimic production-linked incentives schemes or subsidies for renewable power to attract private
First Published: Mar 17 2023 | 5:58 PM IST