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Odisha Chit Fund Scam: BJD Rebuts BJP’s “Dilly-Dallying” Allegation, Avers Rs 300 Corpus Fund Is Evident

13 February 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Refuting opposition BJP’s allegation that the BJD-led Odisha Government is resorting to a dilly-dallying tactics not to refund the investors duped by the chit fund scam, senior BJD leader and State Finance Minister today refuted such charges.

In his reply to BJP’s allegations, Odisha Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera said, “The Commission of Inquiry into the chit fund is investigating and has identified the investors. In the preliminary stage, more than 10,000 people have been refunded district wise. The data is available.”

“This is a very sensitive issue. If proper identification is not made, the money will be refunded to the wrong persons. Once gone, the responsibility will be on the Government. Thus, thorough inquiry is being made for refund. We have the Corpus Fund,” he argued.

He informed, “The various attachments of property are being refunded through the Commission. The Commission’s term has also enhanced for further six months.”

He stated, “As per the media reports, 6 lakh applications will be received. We are giving scope to all, especially the small investors, for applying. In the next phase we will be reaching the higher investors.”

“Opposition is always with the same allegations. Why should we delay it deliberately? We have made arrangement of Rs 300 crore Corpus Fund and there is no question of delay willingly,” the Odisha Finance Minister retorted.

Earlier in the day, BJP spokesperson Sameer Mohanty at a presser alleged, “The Fifth Interim Report of the Commission and carrying 12,350 pages has been submitted in July 2018. It is simply paper work and the people have been betrayed. Not a single rupee has been refunded from the Rs 300 Corpus Fund that this Government had created before 2014 general election.”

Also Read: Odisha Chit Fund Scam: Commission Submits Sixth Report, 3,61,817 Investors Identified

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Sashi Bhusan Behera, Minister, Finance, Odisha

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Sameer Mohanty, Spokesperson, BJP, Odisha