BJD demands fiscal autonomy for Orissa
Seeking 50 per cent royalty on minerals, the ruling BJD in Orissa adopted a resolution demanding fiscal autonomy for the overall development of the state.
Bhubaneswar: Seeking 50 per cent royalty on minerals, the ruling BJD in Orissa on Sunday adopted a resolution demanding fiscal autonomy for the overall development of the state.
A resolution proposed by Finance Minister Prafulla Ghadai was passed at BJD`s executive meeting chaired by Chief Minister and party supremo Naveen Patnaik.
"We want fiscal autonomy as the Centre has been neglecting the state on all fronts. We are given the minimum royalty though the Centre takes major benefit from the minerals being explored in the state," party`s senior leader and MP Pyarimohan Mophapatra told reporters after the meeting.
Stating that former chief minister Biju Patnaik had made a similar demand in early 90s, Mohapatra said BJD`s fight against the Centre`s `negligence` would continue.
"Biju Babu had earlier said that had he been given fiscal autonomy to use the minerals reserved in the state, Orissa could have emerged as one of the most prosperous states in the entire Asia," the resolution said.
The ruling party also demanded 50 per cent royalty on minerals.
The state executive in its political resolution also laid down that the organisational elections would henceforth be held every three years instead of two years.