Naveen Meets Modi In New Delhi, Seeks Rs 5000 Cr Financial Aid For Cyclone FANI-Hit Odisha

11 June 2019


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Bhubaneswar: After being sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth consecutive time, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday at the latter’s residence 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi.

The much awaited meeting of Odisha Chief Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi began at 10:30 am and continued for half-an-hour. Interacting with the media after the meet, Patnaik said, “I have just met the Prime Minister. I congratulated him on his electoral victory. I also requested him for special category status for Odisha. As you all know, we have been hit by recent Cyclone FANI which has done a great deal of damage. I asked for Rs 5000 crore and 5 lakh pucca houses for the affected people.”

The Chief Minister informed the Prime Minister that the State Government has submitted a Memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs after the assessment by different Departments. The loss to public properties and funds required for prompt relief measures have been assessed at about Rs 9,336 crore. However, keeping in view the present State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF)/ National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) norms, Odisha is seeking assistance of about Rs 5,228 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund immediately in order to meet the expenditure on the ongoing relief and restoration works in the aftermath of cyclone “FANI”.  

It is notable to mention here that Modi has already announced Rs 1000 crore for Odisha after his visit to the cyclone-hit State on May 6. On the other hand, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has earlier written to the Prime Minister requesting him to consider sanctioning 5 lakh Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana special houses for the Cyclone-hit people.

Today the Odisha Chief Minister suggested that it should be on a sharing pattern of 90:10 as a special case. The Permanent Wait List (PWL) criterion should also be waived for this special allocation.  

The Chief Minister today impressed upon the Prime Minister that the reconstruction of damaged public infrastructure should also be brought into the SDRF/ NDRF norms so that adequate resources can be provided to the State for recovery and reconstruction. 

“I have also asked for the revision of coal royalty which hasn’t been done for a number of years. That will give us a lot of revenue,” he added while talking to media.

He urged upon Prime Minister to revise the royalty on coal from 14% to 20% of the sale value. 

He raised the issue of non-revision of royalty on coal which was last revised on 10th May, 2012. The additional revenue generated by Royalty revision will immensely help the State to accelerate development works.

While speculations were rife that the two leaders would talk about BJD contending for the Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker post amid opposition by NDA ally Shiv Sena, Naveen Patnaik said that there were no discussions at all.

He also stated that there was no dialogue regarding the upcoming Union Budget session and Odisha joining Centre’s Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme.

On June 15 (Saturday), CM Naveen is scheduled to attend the 5th Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog at 02:30 PM. He will return to Odisha the following evening in an Air India flight departing from Indira Gandhi International Airport at 06:40 PM.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha