Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Centre not giving sufficient funds to Odisha, alleges CM Naveen Patnaik

Odisha is just not getting sufficient funds and assist from the central authorities, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alleged on Tuesday, reported The Hindu.

“Odisha is going through fixed neglect in switch of state share and central funds,” the Biju Janata Dal chief informed get together members forward of the Monsoon Session of Parliament scheduled to begin on Thursday. “Our demand for particular focus [on our] state must be stronger and louder.”

Patnaik stated that solely 8 lakh homes had been sanctioned for Odisha beneath the central authorities’s housing scheme PM Awas Yojana, whereas the requirement was 15 lakh, reported the Hindustan Instances. “The elimination of PM Garib Kalyan Yojana [free ration scheme] and the closure of additional 5 kg rice are an assault on the poor,” he added.

The chief minister additionally claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Occasion-led Union authorities was neglecting Nationwide Freeway initiatives within the state.

“Many [NH projects] are introduced, however no precise work achieved,” he stated. “A number of Nationwide Highways are operating not on time. Six districts of state are but to get railway community whereas there isn’t a progress in coastal freeway but. There are additionally problems with banking, cellular and digital connectivity.”

Patnaik claimed that a number of Adivasi communities within the state had been going through difficulties for not being included in Scheduled Tribe listing. He stated that regardless of repeated requests, the 18% GST price on Kendu leaves has not been eliminated. Kendu leaves are used for rolling bidis, a typical technique of livelihood for tribal communities.

“Farmers are additionally not getting fasal bima [crop insurance scheme] advantages,” he claimed. “Points like non-evacuation of surplus par-boiled rice by FCI [Food Corporation of India], non-payment of dues, non-implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report for MSP [minimum support price], irregular provide of fertilisers are some main points.”

The BJP, nevertheless, stated that the allegations had been “factually incorrect” and claimed that Odisha has acquired the very best quantity of central funds within the final 9 years, reported the Hindustan Instances.

“BJD authorities is making an attempt to applicable the centrally sponsored schemes just like the PM Awas Yojana by fixing its ‘Biju Pucca Ghar’ emblem prominently,” alleged BJP state Common Secretary Prithiviraj Harichandan. “BJD leaders have been accumulating cash from beneficiaries of the housing scheme earlier than issuing work orders.”

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