Bhubaneswar, Jan 9 (LocalWire) Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday met the 15th Finance Commission here and reiterated his demand for Special Category Status for the state.
At a meeting with 15th Finance Commission chairman NK Singh and other members, Patnaik said: “It is in this premise of historic central neglect and frequent natural calamities that my government has been demanding Special Category Status for Odisha which will supplement our efforts in transforming the state.”
The chief minister also sought a special package of Rs 1500 crore for Odisha to strengthen its disaster management system by building more cyclone shelters and improving the warning alert system.
Patnaik suggested the Commission for increasing tax devolution from 42% to 50%; making cess and surcharges as part of divisible pool, where 1971 population will be used as devolution criteria.
He also sought extension of Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation for another 10 years.
The CM also demanded clean energy cess for coal mining areas.
He said: “The Finance Commission is a unique Constitutional authority, with the mandate for making recommendations to the Union Government on the principles of revenue sharing.”
“We have submitted a detailed memorandum to the Commission. I am hopeful that the Commission will incorporate all our suggestions and aid in the rapid progress of Odisha,” Patnaik said.
Pertinently, the 15th Finance Commission, led by its chairman N.K. Singh, is on a three-day visit to Odisha from Jan 8 to 11.
On the first day of their visit, the commission held talks with Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) on various developmental activities in the state.
The members later interacted with representatives of trade associations of Odisha and political parties.
The members will undertake fields visits to take stock of the state government’s poverty eradication programme – Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM), an autonomous society under the aegis of the Odisha government.
It will also visit the Self Health Groups (SHGs), Drinking Water Projects, Cyclone Shelters, and other development projects of the state government.
The commission will also review the works undertaken by the Chilka Development Authority as well as Wet Land Research Centre.
Odisha is the 15th state that this commission is visiting.