In every financial year, the establishment of High Court of Orissa places demands before the State Government for making necessary provision of funds under two different heads of account; Infrastructure Development and Administrative Expenses.
Infrastructure Development covers construction of new Court and office buildings, residential bungalows, quarters, Court Guest Houses repair and renovation of such buildings and upgradation of the existing infrastructure. Pursuant to a proposal by the High Court, the State Government makes provision of funds for such projects on annual basis. The buildings meant for Courts, Offices and Guest Houses are classified as “Non-Residential Buildings”. The bungalows and quarters are classified as “Residential Buildings”.
During the financial year 2021-22, there was budgetary provision of Rs. 4,52,47,300/- for residential buildings which included new Judges’ bungalows, staff quarters, repair and renovation of the existing residential buildings. The entire amount was released in favour of the Engineering Departments by the end of 2021 for the completion of the work by the end of March, 2022.
In respect of non-residential buildings, budgetary provision to the tune of Rs.23,11,62,000/- was made in the financial year 2021-22 towards upgradation of the existing infrastructure of the High Court including provision of modular design of all the offices with fire-resistant storage cabinets; clearance of liabilities against construction of two more floors in the Administrative Block and the first Annexe Building in the premises of the High Court. Out of the said fund, a sum of Rs.3,79,16,000/- was released in favour of the Engineering Departments by the end of 2021 and an expenditure plan was drawn up to utilize the remaining amount by the end of March, 2022.
Administrative expenditure includes salary and emoluments, Transport Expenses, Leave Travel concession, electricity, water charges, telephone, motor vehicles, other contingencies, upgradation of computer facilities and Sumptuary allowance etc. Pursuant to a proposal submitted by the High Court, the State Government makes provision of funds in the above sub-heads under the major head “Administrative Expenditure for Establishment’.
During the financial year 2021-22, there was budgetary provision of Rs. 125,52,89,000/- for administrative expenses of the High Court, out of which a sum of Rs.62,80,42,000/- was spent by 31st December, 2021 under different heads: Rs. 50,76,99,000/- towards Salaries and Allowances, Rs. 2,14,81,000/- towards electricity charges, Rs. 1,72,59,000/- towards telephone charges, Rs. 85,67,000/- towards purchase and maintenance of vehicles, Rs. 1,74,33,000/- towards computer upgradation and maintenance and Rs.5,56,03,000/- towards other contingencies.
The details of the budgetary allocation and expenditure for infrastructure development and establishment of the High Court and the Budget of the High Court have been indicated in a tabular form at Appendix I.