An app to access state budget from anywhere | Bhubaneswar News

Bhubaneswar: The state finance department has developed a mobile app named ‘Odisha Budget’ with an aim to help people access budget documents in digital form from anywhere in the world.
Any individual can download the app in android or IOS system to access the documents soon after finance minister Niranjan Pujari tables the budget for 2020-21 financial year on Tuesday, said an official source. “All the documents like budget speech in English and Odia, annual financial statement, budget at a glance, explanatory memorandum, revenue receipts, demand for grants and people’s guide can be accessed by using the app. There will also be some graphic elements on budget, which can be accessed too,” said a senior finance department official. Earlier, people had to wait for some days to get the detail budget documents till it is uploaded on the finance department website. As a green initiative, the finance department had in 2019-20 financial year reduced printing of about 57 lakh pages of paper for budget documents, which translates into saving around 700 large trees. Physical printing of budget documents has been reduced further this year, said the official.
Only the budget speech of the finance minister and people’s guide will be printed while other budget documents will be provided in electronic form with the help of pen drive. Other documents related to budget will be distributed to various stakeholders in digital format. “From the next year onwards, we will switch over to complete paperless electronic budgeting system,” said the official. The issue was also mentioned by governor Ganeshi Lal during his address to the assembly on Friday. The finance department has also decided to provide iPad to each MLA to get the budget documents, which would have been uploaded on the gadget. “The MLAs, who are not comfortable using IPads, we will provide them physical documents. From next year onwards, they will be trained to access the documents in digital format,” said an official source.

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