15 July 2019
Bhubaneswar: While BJD-led Odisha Government has repeatedly been demanding Special Category Status before the Union Government and it has also been a major election issue among others, the Department of Expenditure of Ministry of Finance today made it clear that there is no such proposal under consideration.
In his answer to an unstarred question asked by BJD (Lok Sabha) MP Ramesh Chandra Majhi today, Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur said, “There is no proposal under consideration of the Union Government for granting Special Category Status and allowing sharing pattern for Centrally Sponsored Scheme in the ratio of 90:10 at par with North-Eastern and Himalayan States to the State of Odisha.”
“Further, the Fourteenth Finance Commission did not make a distinction between Special and General Category States in determining their norms and recommendations,” the Union Minister of State for Finance made it clear further.
Need to be mentioned that, Special Category Status demand is on the top agenda of Odisha’s ruling BJD and even BJD supremo-cum-Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has recently reiterated his demand at New Delhi during his formal meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the formation of new governments and also in his keynote address at the significant meeting of NITI Aayog.