Cong boycotts Guv`s address in Odisha Assembly
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 15:41
Bhubaneswar: Amid boycott by opposition Congress of Governor's address to Odisha Assembly alleging assault on democracy and Constitution during Panchayat polls, the state government today projected an outlay of Rs one lakh crore for the 12th five-year-plan for 2012-17.

As soon as Governor M C Bhandare began his address to the House on the opening day of the budget session, Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh was on his feet alleging misuse of government machinery, use of money power and flow of liquor by ruling BJD during Panchayat polls.

The way the just concluded three-tier panchayat polls was held was a matter of concern not only for opposition parties but also for the people as it mounted an assault on the Constitution and democratic system due to unfair means adopted by BJD, the Congress leader claimed.

As Singh led a walkout by Congress leaders opposing Bhandare's address, the Governor outlined the policies and performances of the government highlighting achievements.

"My Government has initiated action to prepare the 12th five-year plan for 1212-17, with a projected outlay of Rs 1,00,000 crore," Bhandare said adding an outlay of Rs 17,000 crore has been proposed for the Annual Plan of 2012-13.

Stating that government has made substantial strides on management of public debt, he said it has been able to reduce net debt stock from 55.92 per cent of GSDP in 2001-02 to 21 per cent of GSDP in 2010-11, thereby saving the desired level of 25 per cent recommended by 13th Finance Commission.

As agriculture remained the backbone of state's economy, several pro-active measures are taken in the sector with plans to cover about 40,760 hectare area under seed production programme in 2012-13, Bhandare said.

To boost horticultural crops, it has been targeted to cover about 17,000 hectare under fruit crops plantation in 2012-13, he said adding due importance was also given to commercial cultivation of flowers.

For 2012-13, it was proposed to create additional irrigation potential of 102.28 thousand hectares and to construct 3,000 check dams, 7000 deep bore wells and 1190 lift irrigation points, he said.

Turning to industry, the Governor said the state has signed MoUs with 93 reputed investors across various sectors like steel (50), Aluminium (3), Power (29), Cement (4), Auto Component (1), oil refinery (1), Titanium Dioxide (1) and four ancillary and downstream industries with an investment of Rs 4,62,768.74 crore.

Similarly, Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) with an investment of Rs 2,77,734 crore within an area of 284.15 sq km is going to be set up at Paradip for which central government has already accorded approval, Bhandare said

In power sector, the government has signed 29 MoUs for setting up of independent power projects with total installed capacity of 37,440 MW out of which the state's share would be 6,141 MW, he said adding two plants with installed capacity of 1250 mw have started generating energy.

Seven power plants are likely to be completed by the end of 2013 with a total capacity of 8100 MW from which the state is likely to get 1200 mw share to become power surplus by the end of 2013, Bhandare said adding steps have also been taken for expansion of transmission network.

Describing royalty from minerals as the highest source of state's own non tax revenue, he said target for collection of mining revenue this fiscal has been fixed at Rs 4000 crore as against Rs 3,330.46 crore collected in 2010-11.

As many as 12,421 illegal mineral activities have been detected during the year up to November, 2011 which has resulted in seizure of 1235370 MT of minerals/ ores and realisation of Rs 5.92 crore towards penalty, Bhandare said.

Stating that strong steps have been taken to intensify anti-naxal operations, he said 1066 more posts are added in the Special Protection Group (SPG), the elite force in anti-naxal operations.

In order to facilitate smooth movement and deployment of security forces in inaccessible areas and evacuation of the injured, air services have been provided through a helicopter.

Seventy police stations with an investment of Rs 140 crore are under construction in naxal affected areas, while two engineering battalions would be commissioned in Odisha police to take up construction works in naxal-hit areas, he said adding this would improve infrastructure facilities in naxal affected areas where private contractors are unwilling to take up construction work.


First Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 15:16

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