CM Naveen says Centre yet to release Rs 6400 Crore to Odisha
Bhubaneswar: Once again raking up the issue of Central neglect, CM Naveen Patnaik today rapped the Centre that it has not released pending funds worth Rs 6,400 crore to the state despite the fact that there is only one month left before the end of the financial year.
Reviewing a meeting at Odisha Bhawan in New Delhi today, Naveen pointed out that the delay in release of funds has made it difficult for the state government to implement various projects.
About Rs 6400 crores is yet to be released by the government of India. This includes more than Rs 1000 crore for housing, more than Rs 375 crore in health sector, over Rs Rs 400 crore under NREGS, more than Rs 650 crore in agriculture. Under smart city poverty alleviation programme, the State government has received only Rs 6 crore instead of Rs 200 crore. While the State government has spent around Rs 3000 crore in drinking water projects, the Centre has released only Rs 180 crore” said the CM.
“I have deputed various officers from Odisha Bhawan to follow up with the concerned ministries regarding what is owed to us,” said Patnaik
However, refuting the comments made by the CM as crocodile tears, Union PNG Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said
Taking to twitter, Pradhan pointed out that “In the last four and a half years of NDA, Odisha’s share in the Central Taxes was hiked from 32 percent to 42 percent leading to 165 percent rise in funds allocated during 14th Finance Commission.”
“The CM is pointing fingers towards pending funds but why is he silent on the lack of utilization of funds under the District Mineral Fund,” he said.
On the other hand, asked about AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s statements that he is being remote-controlled by PM Modi, CM Naveen termed the comments as “Bilkul Bakwas.”