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02 February 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: In response to Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s argument that Odisha has reaped sumptuous benefits from the Railways Budget this time, senior minister Pratap Jena argued that the amount being touted is not for the State only, but also for other neighbouring states.

In his media reactions, the senior BJD leader as well as Odisha’s I&PR Minister argued, “Rs 7,000 crore is not for Odisha. It is also allocated for Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh as Odisha’s East Coast Railway (ECoR) also includes other states.”

“If this amount is calculated, Odisha’s share is maximum Rs 2,500 crore,” he remarked.

On the 14th Finance Commission recommendations made for Odisha, he commented, “Within the span of 2015-2020, our State is going to lose about Rs 26,342 crore. When the economical growth of entire country is reducing and falling, it has also automatically caused in our revenue collection.”

“On KALIA scheme, he stated, “We have already implemented our scheme. Let them answer when will theirs be implemented?”

“Whether our State’s KALIA scheme is good or the Centre’s? The Central scheme is only meant for befooling the farmers,” he lambasted.

Earlier Dharmendra Pradhan in his reactions had said, “In this budget for the development of Odisha, especially for the railway projects, more than Rs 7,000 crore has been allocated. The railway projects of Odisha neglected since long will now be of national standard.”

Pradhan also spoke in favour of other aspects of the budget that would benefit the farmers, workers and others.

“In this budget, Rs 6000 crore more funds will be allocated to Odisha as per the calculation made by the 14th Finance Commission,” he has further argued.

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Pratap Jena, Minister, I&PR, Odisha

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Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas