04 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha's ruling party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today accused the Centre of adopting a dilly dallying posture on revision of royalty on coal which is resulting in losses on a daily basis to the State exchequer.
The BJD said, revision of coal royalty has been a longstanding demand of the State and Odisha has repeatedly raised the issue before Centre.
"Despite State Government making repeated demands for increasing coal royalty, the Central government is adopting a dilly dallying policy as a result of which Odisha is sustaining losses," Pratap Keshari Deb, BJD Spokesperson and MLA from Aul said speaking to the media on his party's reaction on Central government not revising royalty on coal despite revising royalty on other minerals on Tuesday.
"Therefore our longtime demand has been for increasing royalty on coal on a regular basis as is done in case of other minerals. Not increasing royalty on coal after 8-9 years is certainly causing loss to the State exchequer," he added.
Deb said that BJD has been constituted for upholding the interest of the State, it will raise the issue and do everything that is required to be done and if Central government continues with its dilly dallying then the party will decide on the future course of action.
"Be it BJP, BJD or Congress this is a matter in the interest of the State. The Centre should be considerate and act on this for the overall development of the State," he added.
The Congress has termed the Central government's decision not to revise royalty on coal as 'unfortunate'.
"It's unfortunate that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre has neglected Odisha again. While royalty on all other minerals have been raised, only that of coal hasn't been hiked. Odisha has 72% of coal reserves of the country," said Tara Prasad Bahinipati, senior Congress leader and MLA from Jeypore.
"If Naveen babu is really speaking of development then he should take an all-party committee of the Vidhan Sabha and meet the Prime Minister and make arrangements for raising royalty on coal," he added.
However, the BJP accused the State government of lack of transparency which has resulted in the State's failure to get its rights.
"It is only because of lack of transparency that we are sometimes failing to get our rights. Whatever is Odisha's rightful share, it will certainly get it as arrears. They had asked for Rs 5,000 odd crore for Fani, did the Central government show step-motherly attitude? Despite being a non-BJP ruled State Odisha has got the maximum amount for plantation from the Centre," remarked Bishnu Sethi, deputy leader of BJP legislative party.