BHUBANESWAR: There was confusion over the quantity of funds sanctioned for Odisha within the Union Finances for Railways because the state authorities differed from the figures shared by the East Coast Railway (ECoR).
State commerce and transport minister Padmanabh Behera on Thursday stated he has official info that Odisha has received Rs 4,500 crore. It’s far decrease than the figures of Rs 6995.58 crore shared by ECoR.
“We now have official info that Odisha has acquired Rs 4,500 crore within the Union Finances for improvement of railway sector within the state. It’s actually disappointing for us as a result of we’ve demanded Rs 7200 crore for this 12 months,” stated Behera.
He stated Railway minister Piyush Goyal has tweeted that allocation of railway funds for Odisha is Rs 5528 crore for the 12 months 2021-22, whereas the ECoR right here on Thursday clarified that the funding for Odisha in 2021-22 underneath all plan heads mixed is Rs 6995.58 crore. “Anyone can discover this mismatch of data. I have no idea how the ECoR got here up with a special determine altogether,” he added.
The ECoR has clarified that the funds outlay of Rs 5528 crore was for improvement of infrastructure and security associated works for Odisha which doesn’t embrace many different initiatives and estimates as they aren’t important sufficient for point out at ministry stage. “However for ECoR and Odisha, these are vital improvement works. That’s why the funding for Odisha in 2021-22 underneath all plan heads mixed is Rs 6995.58 crore,” stated the ECoR assertion.
Congress state president Niranjan Patnaik stated Odisha is uncared for within the rail funds this time too. “The Centre has allotted good funds for the poll-bound states like West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. The state can be not elevating its voice as a result of it has secret understanding with the Centre,” he added.
Nonetheless, Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan has described the allocation as historic. “Allocation for railway initiatives in Odisha has acquired an elevated quantity than final 12 months. Throughout Congress authorities time, Odisha was receiving a median allocation of Rs 838 crore per 12 months between 2009 and 2014. Beneath the Modi authorities, Odisha has been receiving a median of Rs 4,126 crore (392 per cent) per 12 months for the railway sector ranging from 2014,” he added.
Pradhan stated the Centre has given precedence to japanese India together with Odisha.