Shillong: The Budget Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly adjourned sine die on Thursday with the passing of seven bills, including the spending bill that authorises the state government to incur an expenditure of Rs 18,881 crore as mentioned in the budget estimates for the year 2022-2023.

The 10-day budget session began on March 4, and on the last day, the House passed the spending bill or “The Meghalaya Appropriation (No. II) Bill, 2022” along with other government bills through a voice vote.

The amount, Rs 18,881 crore, which will be withdrawn from and out of the consolidated fund of Meghalaya for the financial year 2022-2023 includes a total expenditure at Rs 17,917 crore and Rs 964 crore for repayment of loans. 

Finance Minister also Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, had presented the budget on March 9 with a fiscal deficit of Rs 1,849 crore, where he estimated total receipts at Rs 16,068 crore and total expenditure at Rs 17,917 crore.

The other bills passed by the State Assembly include the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Meghalaya Settlement of  Arrears under the State Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Registration (Meghalaya Amendment) Bill, 2022; Meghalaya Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill, 2022; Contingency Fund of Meghalaya (Amendment) Bill, 2022, and Meghalaya State Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and facilitation) (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Metbah Lyngdoh adjourned the House sine-die.

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