Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 9:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a meeting with Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya at the Secretariat, today demanded that the state be accorded ‘Special Category Status’.
To support his argument, he cited that there has been increase in devolution of central taxes from 32% to 42% for Odisha, there would be a net loss in central fund flow to the tune of Rs.1776.31 crore during 2015-16.
“Delinking area development programmes like special plan for KBK Districts, Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) and Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for LWE affected districts from central assistance will seriously affect the development programmes in the backward and LWE affected districts of the state. Support for development of the backward areas may be restored,” he added.
He also suggested that the Niti Aayog has been formed with the objective of empowering the states as equal partners in the national development on the principles of cooperative federalism. There is a need to put in place mechanisms and operational guidelines to jointly pursue the national and sub-national development agenda and that calls for formulation of a strategic plan for the entire country by the NITI Aayog and similar exercise at the state and district levels.