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Odisha to discontinue four central schemes

BHUBANESWAR:11.10.2015:: Contrary to the state government’s claim of continuing all eight centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS), for which the Centre has delinked support, the former is planning to discontinue four schemes.National e-Governance Plan, Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan, tourist Infrastructure development and development of export infrastructure are the four schemes which are likely to be discontinued, sources in the finance department said.Budget provision for the remaining schemes will be made in the supplementary budget, which is likely to be tabled in the assembly in November.As the NDA government has stopped funding the Backward Regions Grant Fund, the state government decided to extend Gopabandhu Gramin Yojana, a state-sponsored scheme, to all districts. Now it is being implemented in 10 districts. In the supplementary budget, each district would receive a grant of Rs 7.50 crore.”To continue the CSS, Modernization of Police Force, the state government will come up with a new scheme to be decided by the home department. Fund provision would be made in the supplementary budget,” said an officer.Similarly, the state micro, small and medium enterprises department would implement the National Mission on Food Processing in a different name. Fund provision would also be made for setting up of model schools in the state.
As the Centre has stopped funding under special central assistance programme, Koraput-Balangir-Kalahandi (KBK) programme, the state government would continue it with the Biju KBK scheme. Though budgetary provision of Rs 120 crore was made in the annual budget under Biju KBK scheme, additional amount of Rs 130 crore would be provided in the supplementary budget, the sources said.The state government would continue funding schemes like eco-restoration of Chilika lake, development of statistical infrastructure, construction of anganwadi centres and protection of Buddhist monuments in Odisha.The government has no comprehensive information about state’s share in 33 CSS for which the fund-sharing pattern has been modified.Meanwhile, the finance department has asked all departments to submit plan for supplementary budget by November 4 with the concurrence of planning and coordination department

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