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Raise funds to make up for Rs 2148 cr annual cut by Centre, Odisha CM tells depts

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 26:

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today asked departments to constitute a special fund from the state exchequer to make up for the Rs 2148 crores that Odisha is set to lose out every year after the Centre stopped assistance for certain welfare programmes as per the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission to ensure that these programmes continue to be implemented in the state.

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The schemes for which the Centre has stopped funding are Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF), police modernisation, Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan, Model Schools in blocks, tourism infrastructure, National Mission for Food Processing, KBK Yojana for socio-economic development of tribals in the KBK region and Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for development in the Maoist-prone areas.

The directive of the chief minister came at a high level review meeting at the State Secretariat here.

He also informed that the state government would place its demand before the Centre for reconsideration of its decision on withdrawal of assistance under KBK and IAP schemes.

Finance minister Pradip Amat, chief secretary, additional secretary to chief minister, additional chief secretary, Finance and senior officials of the concerned departments were present at the meeting.