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Posted on Dec 27, 10:40AM | UNI
Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD)supremo Naveen Patnaik today lashed at the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for its apathetic attitude towards the development of the state.
Adressing a function organised by the BJD to celebrate the completion of the party's 15th year, Mr Patnaik said the Union government should rise above the petty party politics and discharge its duties.
The BJD chief said in a federal structure of government the power of the state was very limited. The state governments, he said, should be given more power and the Centre should not take decisions arbitarily.
The Centre, he said, should not forget that elected governments were operating in states and they were aware of their responsibilities.
Mr Patnaik said the Railways was collecting over Rs 7500 crore revenue from the state per annum but not spending even 10 per cent of the amount for the infrastructure development of railways in the state.
He said the Union government had mocked at the people of the state by deducting Rs 280 crore from Rs 750 crore allocated in this year's railway budget for development of various railway projects in the state.
He said the state was losing thousand crores of rupees every year due to the non-revision of mineral royalty.
The Union government, he said, had also not paid any heed to the repeated demand of the state to impose tax on the super normal profit made by mine owners in the state.
Similarly, the indifferent attitude of the Union government to the demand of the state to accord special category status to Odisha was a matter of concern for the state, Mr Patnaik said.