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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 12:

Union Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav today pulled up Odisha Government for presenting Central Government funded projects as its own and its inability to spend Central funds on time.

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Yadav, who was in Bhubaneswar today to review the performance of several Union Government funded projects including Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PAY) and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), criticized the State Government for its slow progress on several projects.

He further stressed that the funds allocated to the State Government on several heads exceeded allocations made by prior governments in the Center.

“If the government here makes announcements of 10 lakhs houses in two years funded by the state, they are trying to mislead the people. They have paid for only 1.81 lakh houses under the Biju Awaas scheme. Remaining houses have been funded by the Union Government,” said Yadav speaking to reporters here.

“There have been to dearth of funds. In fact there have been surplus funds. There have been little work though. As many as 70,000 houses are yet to be completed under Indira Awas Yojana in Odisha,” he added.

BJD, on the other hand, shot back saying the Center is singing the same old song.

“Whenever a union minister from BJP comes down here, they sing the same old song. They very well know that the State Government has to follow proper procedure including the tender for schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). They are just trying to defame the government,” said Biju Janata Dal senior Spokesperson Surya Narayan Patro.