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31 January 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: With a day to go for the Interim Budget to be presented in the Parliament, Odisha expects that it will be treated equally with the North Eastern States and receive funding in the 90:10 pattern in terms of Centrally Sponsored Schemes.

Odisha Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera said, "The Centre has been avoiding our longstanding demand of Special Category Status (SCS) for Odisha, therefore if it allocates funds for the State in 90:10 funding pattern as maintained in North Eastern States, it will be analogous with SCS."

Besides, there may be funds allocated for the ongoing and new railway projects in Odisha and as the State is farmer centric, sufficient funds may be allocated for doubling of farmers income and solve the agrarian crisis, said Behera.

He further said, Odisha should get a lions' share of the clean energy cess collected from the State as it is becoming a pollution bearing State.

When questioned about the Budget Session of Odisha Assembly, scheduled to commence from February 4, Behera said, as for the past few years there was delay in presentation of Central Budget, the State Government is holding its budget session close to the Central Budget to analyze the matching share of the sectors where the Centre wants to spend.

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Sashi Bhusan Behera, Finance Minister, Odisha