Bhubaneswar, Dec 1:
That the Naveen Patnaik led BJD government’s demand for special category state (SCS) status to Odisha on the basis of backwardness/underdevelopment was part of its politics of rabble rousing intended to divert public attention from its own inefficiencies and shift the blame on Centre has been proved from the fact that it has been able to spend a mere 27.61 percent ( Rs 49.70 crore) out of the Rs 180 crore of funds it allocated for KBK districts, considered the most backward districts in the state between 2012-13 and 2013-14 till date.
Out of the Rs 180 crores provided for KBK districts during 2012-13 and 2013-14 till date, no more than Rs 49.70 crore has been spent so far, leaving a whopping Rs 130 crore (72.39%) unutilised. This is what the fact sheet provided by minister for Planning and Coordination, Maheswar Mohanty in the state assembly on Saturday said.
Replying to a starred question by Congress legislator Santosh Singh Saluja on Saturday, Mohanty said the state government allocates Rs 120 crore annually for the 80 blocks in the eight districts under KBK region. He said while funds for 2012-13 had been allocated in full, Rs 60 crore had been made available to the region for the year 2013-14 till date.
The district wise statistics provided by the minister shows that out of Rs 31.50 crores made available to Koraput district till date, only Rs10.10 crore has been spent in these two years. Out of the Rs 15.75 crore made available for Malkangiri, Rs 6.15 crore has been spent. Nawarangpur district received Rs 22.50 crore and spent Rs 7.12 crore. Rayagada district received Rs 24.75 crore and has been able to spend Rs just 7.69 crore during the same period.
The data provided by the Planning and Coordination department said that Balangir was the least spender, having been able to spend only Rs 62 lakh out of the Rs 31.50 crore provided to the district during 2012-13 and 2013-14.
While Sonepur spent Rs 8.16 crore of the Rs 13.50 crore it received, Kalahandi spent Rs 7.06 crore out of Rs 29.25 crore and Nuapada spent Rs 2.80 crore of the Rs 11.25 crore allocated.