Despite the importance of budgets, very little information is available about them in the Indian context. The Union budget gets a national coverage and information is widely available. Much less is know about state budgets. The good news is that most state governments now have websites, often with extensive information. As a first step, I’ve put together information on all of them in one place. I updated this page to reflect the websites in February 2011.
While you are here, you may also wish to read on why the Budget Website of the Government of India has the worst design possible. You may also be interested in the series on technology and governance in India with articles on making information in government websites more useful and transparent. You can also use my specialised budget search engine that is useful if you are looking for what happened to the budget on certain issues (e.g. mid day meal scheme) in various states. It basically searches the budget websites of various state governments and the Government of India.
You can get the complete budget, summaries, speeches, as well as economic surveys for many years. Chief limitation is that the documents are all in PDF format, making it difficult to use the information for data analysis without re-entering data.
A fantastic site. It allows you to submit very detailed queries online to get budget details. Using the queries well may require a certain amount of understanding of government’s accounting practices. Detailed financial manuals are also available in the site. On the whole, one of the best budget sites in India. The budget speech is in Hindi.
Complete set of budget papers is available. All documents are available in Hindi and English translations are available for many. The documents are in PDF, and infact one has to browse the site in PDF. This makes it easy to read Hindi alphabet, but makes it very difficult to browse. Further, the site has quarterly reviews of expenditure, various rules and acts, circulars of finance department, Chhattisgarh economic survey, and other details. Not all have been updated.
Some documents are available in PDF and some in HTML. To access full set of budget papers of 2007-08 click here
For the 2006-07 budget click here. The 2007-08 budget was not available on 11 March 2007.
Jammu & Kashmir
For the latest available budget click here (the last set I was able to find online)
The last available budget is of 2005-06 (11 March 2007)
Last available budget was of 2005-06 as of 11 March 2007 click here.
This is a reasonably detailed site. Has access to full set of budget papers, budget manual and other related documents. There is also a query facility, where expenditure, receipts and details of ‘public account’ can be retrived for specific sectors, major heads, etc. One major limitation of the query is that it cannot be used to retrive details beyond the level of ‘major heads’.The site also has outcome budget and gender budget.
An incredibly cluttered website without much information on budgets. Perhaps this will change soon.
A detailed site with summaries, query facility, etc. The current budget also has links to review of the state economy, and other details. A well made site. The site also provides access to previous budgets. One very interesting feature of the site is budget speeches from 1955 (i.e. the inception of the state) are now available online. These can be accessed from the main budget page.
Has the complete set of budget papers in PDF format. The English version of the budget speech is not yet available online. Apart from that the site has an assortment of other interesting information such as public finance indicators from other states, plan expenditure of Kerala over all plans, etc. A highly informative site.
The finance department website did not have any budget papers as of Feb 2011; not even from the previous years. Hopefully, more will become available soon.
Several papers on overall position of state budgets, and other documents that present a consolidated picture of state budgets are available.