Odisha seeks funds for Subhadra Yojana

The deputy CM has also sought partial funding from the Centre to implement the Subhadra scheme, a major party promise during the just concluded elections.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.File Photo

BHUBANESWAR : With the ‘double-engine’ government taking helm of Odisha, the new BJP government on Saturday presented a long list of demands before the Centre.

Attending the pre-budget meeting and GST council meeting chaired by Union Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman at New Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister KV Singh Deo has put forth the demand for a second AIIMS in the state at Sambalpur along with higher allocations for several sectors.

The deputy CM has also sought partial funding from the Centre to implement the Subhadra scheme, a major party promise during the just concluded elections. “The state government is in the process of rolling out Subhadra Yojana, under which every woman will receive a voucher of Rs 50,000 to be encashed over a period of two years. This is an innovative initiative aimed at empowering women and enhancing entrepreneurship among women,” he said.

On the establishment of AIIMS at Sambalpur, Singh Deo said AIIMS-Bhubaneswar is catering to the healthcare needs of coastal Odisha and neighbouring states and a second AIIMS is needed to cater to western part of Odisha in view of the patient load in the medical colleges and hospitals there.

Stating that Viksit Odisha is going to play a crucial role of the growth engine in line with the vision of Viksit Bharat by 2047, he urged the Finance Minister that some issues specific to the economy and finances of Odisha be addressed through appropriate measures in the ensuing Union Budget, 2024-25. The state government has demanded the provisioning of special schemes in the Union budget to promote industries in tribal and rural areas of western and southern Odisha besides dedicated funding for infrastructure development and skill training infrastructure in these regions.

Apart from the allocation of funds for 5 lakh houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in 2024-25, Singh Deo called for expeditious completion of the 348-km coastal highway project under Bharatmala Pariyojana, the 111-km Odisha Capital Region Ring Road (CRRR) and other NH projects.

KV seeks higher allocation for infra

The Union Finance minister requested for higher allocation under scheme for special assistance to states for capital investment (SACI), more number of brick and mortar branches and ATMs in the unbanked/under-banked GPs, improvement in telecom and power infrastructure and inclusion of Odisha, having privatised distribution companies, for Central government-funded revamped distribution sector scheme (RDSS).

Odisha also demanded assistance for increasing urbanisation and fast-tracking environmental clearances for industrial projects, financial support for pumped hydro storage plants, floating solar projects, intra-state green corridors and new technologies such as green hydrogen, adequate funds to address power sector issues for reduction in cost of supply and reliable power and lifting of surplus rice during the ongoing kharif marketing season 2023-24.

Singh Deo also sought assistance for engaging with international investors and channelling foreign direct investments (FDIs) in relevant sectors, support to attract semiconductor industries to make Odisha a semiconductor hub, dedicated budget allocations and resources for development of industrial infrastructure and expediting Central government projects like Sagarmala, East Coast Economic Corridor and National Waterway-5.

Major demands

  •  Partial funding for Subhadra scheme

  •  Second AIIMS at Sambalpur

  •  Expeditious completion of NHs

  •  5 lakh houses under PMAY

  •  Special schemes for western and southern Odisha

  •  Inclusion of Odisha under RDSS

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