Naveen wants fiscal autonomy
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik today demanded fiscal autonomy for Odisha and slammed BJP led NDA government at the Centre for its alleged failure to address various issues relating to the state.
Addressing BJD men at the party headquarters here on occasion of its 21st foundation day, Patnaik said Odisha neither requires central funds nor special category status for its prosperity but financial autonomy.
He listed about nine projects which are hanging fire in the state because of the negligence of the Centre and asked his partymen to educate the people of the state about various welfare initiatives his government has undertaken.
After PM Modi sought several answers from the ruling-BJD during his recent visit to Odisha, Patnaik today shot various questions to seek answer from Modi while addressing it as ‘Jabab Maguchi Odisha’.
Here are some of them….
- Why Khurda-Bolangir railway line is yet to start despite land allotment by state government.
- While Mahanadi Coalfields Limited is earning Rs 20,000 a year but what is Odisha getting back, only pollution.
- Why is the condition of the national highways in the State is miserable.
- Ujjwala scheme has failed in Odisha as people are unable to refill their cylinders.
- While the Railways is earning around Rs 20,000 a year from Odisha is the State is only getting back Rs 2000.
Reacting to Naveen’s comments, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan came down hard on the ruling-BJD and its party supremo.
Pradhan said that CM Naveen should first clarify the details of land acquired for Khurda-Bolangir project. Citing case of Paradip-Haridaspur Railway line, the union minister said that not a single piece of land has been allotted for the project leading to its delay.
Making a dig at Patnaik, Pradhan said that earlier the State used to receive only Rs 1000 as Railway budget but now Odisha is getting around Rs 5000.