Cong moves privilege notice against Orissa CM

Congress accused Orissa govt of misleading Assembly by providing wrong information on utilisation of central funds under police modernisation scheme.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2011, 21:49 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Accusing Odisha government
of misleading the assembly by providing wrong information on
utilisation of central funds under police modernisation
scheme, opposition Congress on Wednesday served a privilege notice
against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Congress Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan moved a notice
to the Speaker alleging that the Chief Minister, also incharge
of home department, had claimed expenditure of 99 per cent of
the central funds under Police Modernisation Scheme provided
since 2000.

Patnaik while replying to a debate on supplementary
demand of grant of home department on December 19, had said,
"While utilisation of funds under Police Modernisation Scheme
is 99 per cent of the funds provided since 2000, it is
unfortunate that government of India has not increased its
share."

Alleging that the Chief Minister was blaming Congress
in view of ensuing panchayat polls, Harichandan claimed that
the state government had failed to spend the funds being
provided by the Centre under different heads.

While the centre provided Rs 69 crore under police
modernisation scheme during 2008-09, Odisha government could
spend only Rs 42 crore and surrendered about Rs 26 crore, the
Congress chief whip said.

In 2009-10, the Centre gave Rs 93.40 crore under
police modernisation to the state but the state surrendered Rs
61.47 crore as it could spend only Rs 31.93 crore.

Similar was the case in 2010-11. While the state got
Rs 101.42 crore, it spent Rs 80.14 crore and surrendered Rs
21.28 crore, the Congress chief whip claimed.

Asking the Chief Minister to explain as to how 99 per
cent of the central funds were utilised in the state,
Harichandan requested the Speaker to accept the notice as a
privilege motion.

"I will examine the notice given by the Congress chief
whip," Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat said.

PTI