Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 4:
Odisha will soon reap the benefits of the Central government’s plans to provide electricity to every village in the country so that farmers can utilize it in their fields to boost production, said Union Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal addressing a press conference at the BJP state headquarters here.
Odisha will get Rs 45, 000 crore from e-auction of coal in the days ahead, which the state government can utilize for the development of the state, the Union Minister said adding that every village in the next one and half years every village in the state will be connected by power and farmers will be provided with electricity for irrigation through dedicated feeders.
Taking an indirect dig at the Naveen Patnaik led government, the Union Power Minister pointed out that over 50 lakh families in the state lacked electricity connections.
He said all kinds of support will be extended to Odisha under the programmes undertaken by the Modi government for the development of eastern India.
“We are for electricity in each and every village and its farmlands, sufficient electricity for farmers, faster industrialization in the country, especially in eastern India which has been deprived of development even after 68 years of independence. In line with the special focus of the Prime Minister on eastern India we are for industrialization here, new employment opportunities for the youth. Keeping this in mind we have drawn up a plan for electrification and the Central government is fully committed to extending all kinds of support and cooperation to the state so that Odisha gains faster from this and its benefits reach its people. If we take Odisha into consideration in the coming days, the state will get about Rs 45, 000 crore as revenue with production from coal mines. We are hopeful that the state will utilize this money for the development of the public,” said Goyal at the press meet.
“Eight medical colleges coming up in the state has been taken forward by this government at the Centre. This includes u gradation of the five district headquarters hospitals into medical colleges of which the Centre’s contribution will be 75% and that of the state government 25% and the other three by Central PSUs. The medical college in Kalahandi district is a project of the state government, which has been done out of WODC money, developing its infrastructure is the responsibility of the state government. MCI has its own standards of giving permission to medical colleges. There should be doctors in the hospitals,” said Dharmendra Pradhan Union Petroleum Minister at the press meet.
Later the Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. During his meeting with the Chief Minister, Goyal enlightened Patnaik about the skill development centre inaugurated by him yesterday and discussed speeding up different projects in the state.
“Today I discussed with the Chief Minister on issues pertaining to faster implementation of different projects in the state. The Chief Minister has kept some issues before the Central government and we too have kept some issues before the state government. Some pertaining to forest clearances, some pertaining to improvement, expansion and upgradation of railways lines,” said Goyal briefing reporters after his meeting with the Chief Minister.
“We need Rs 4,700 crore but they have allocated Rs 2,000 crore. The Chief Minister apprised him of it and by and large, they have agreed to provide it. Issues pertaining to coal linkages were resolved at the meeting. He stressed on development of railways links to pit heads through SPVs for faster evacuation of coal. The Union Minister requested posting of a special land officer for expediting land acquisition to raise current coal production level of 75-80 million tonnes to 300 million tonnes. The Chief Minister has agreed to the Union Minister’s proposal,” said Pranab Prakash Das state Power Minister who was also in the meeting.