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Budget: Odisha CM vexed at cut in outlay for MGNREGA, national highways

Says cutback in funds will adversely affect inter-state connectivity, hails enhanced allocation for rail projects

BS Reporter  |  Bhubaneswar 

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

Odisha Chief Minister has flagged concerns over the shrink in outlays for Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA), core schemes for SC, ST & other vulnerable groups and reduced allocation for pension under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP).

Patnaik hailed the enhanced allocation for railway projects but rued the diminished outlay for national highways, stating the cutback in funds will adversely affect inter-state connectivity.

Though the attaches thrust on rural connectivity through Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana

(PMGSY), housing through Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana and Swachh Bharat Mission, the programmes need to be backed by allocation of funds, he suggested.

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“I wish the Union government would have enhanced the quantum of assistance to farmers under at par with our Landless labourers and share croppers should also have been included in its fold”, Patnaik said.

Moreover, the imposition of cess and surcharges by the Central government remain outside the divisible pool and squeeze the resources for states, he felt.

“The for 2019-20 speaks of medium to long-term vision of the government which is good for the country. However, these need to be backed by commensurate budgetary allocations. I welcome higher allocation for sectors like health, education, skill development, drinking water, livelihood mission and women & child development”, he added.

First Published: Fri, July 05 2019. 19:50 IST