Budget research and analysis need of the hour: Ansari
Posted on: 17 Feb 2013
Thiruvananthapuram : Advanced research and training in budget planning will benefit around 2.4 lakh local self-government bodies which are in dire need of better budgetary management for financial viability and sustainability, Vice-President M Hamid Ansari said today.
The importance of research and analysis in the technical and political aspects of budget planning can be gauged from
the fact that besides the Centre and state governments, there are around 2.4 lakh local self-government bodies which need
better budgetary management, he said.
'They will be important beneficiaries of advanced research and training in this area,' Ansari said inaugurating
the Centre For Budget Studies, named after Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani, set up by the Cochin University of Science
and Technology, here.
Stating that setting up a centre for budget studies is timely and relevant, Ansari said the facility will fill an
existing gap in the scientific and technical understanding of budget accounting and analysis, especially at a time when
fiscal imbalances in government finances are being globally blamed for most of the ills of national economies.
On the importance of budget making, he said given the finite nature of financial resources, 'budget making is an
exercise in achieving a fine balance between competing objectives and priorities of the government, within the
Budget is not merely a statement of financial receipts and expenditure of the government, but a significant political
statement of government policy and its priorities for the economy, he said.
Congratulating the University for naming the Centre after K M Mani, also the leader of Kerala Congress (M), Ansari said
Mani has created history of sorts by presenting ten budgets in his capacity as Finance Minister of Kerala.
On the occasion, Mani said he was honoured that Cochin University established the Centre in his name. He said in his
budgets, he had always kept the aspirations and interest of the common man in mind while presenting them.
Union Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, and Leader of Opposition in Kerala
Assembly V S Achuthanandan were among those spoke on the occasion. PTI