Now, BJD tries to shift mining scam slur on UPA
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Last Updated: Monday, December 26, 2011, 18:49
  
Bhubaneswar: Facing flak for the multi- crore mining scam in Odisha, the ruling BJD today tried to shift the blame on the UPA government at the Centre accusing it of being soft towards mine owners.

Finding it tough to face the electorate in the ensuing panchayat polls due to allegations of open loot of minerals in the state, the BJD attacked the UPA government for not revising royalty on iron ore and not imposing Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT).

"The state is losing thousands of crores of rupees due to delay in revising royalty on iron ore," Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik said addressing a function marking the 14th foundation day of the regional outfit.

Stating that the Centre allowed only 10 per cent royalty on iron ore, Patnaik said rest of the amount goes into the pockets of mine oweners. "What is wrong if the state demands at least 20 per cent royalty on iron ore," he asked.

"I also don't understand why the Centre is not imposing MRRT on mine owners as they make super normal profit by doing business in minerals. Though I have raised the issue at different forum, none pays any heed to it," he said projecting the UPA government as "pro-mine owners."

The people living in mines area, particularly the tribals, would be benefited from the income to be generated as enhanced royalty and MRRT, the chief minister said.

Asking the partymen to spread the good work of the government among the people, he hoped BJD would come out with flying colours in the ensuing rural polls too.

Patnaik highlighted how his government had worked for the development of tribals, women, poor chidren and others. Party MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra was critical towards the Centre and alleged that the mining scam of different kind continued even today.

"As royalty was not raised, states like Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhatishgarh and Karnataka have lost Rs 4 lakh crore which went to mine owners who in turn funded Congress," he said adding the BJD government have been giving unique facilities to farmers hit by natural calamities.

Mohapatra claimed that BJD would win at least 450 Zilla Parishad seats in the panchayat polls.

A number of senior ministers highlighted BJD government's achievements and expresed confidence about the outcome of the panchayat polls.

PTI


First Published: Monday, December 26, 2011, 18:42


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