Railway budget neglected Orissa: BJD MLAs

Bhubaneswar: Ruling BJD MLAs on Friday alleged in the assembly that the Railway budget neglected Orissa and suggested a House committee on railway visit Delhi to lodge protest.

Describing the 2009-10 Railway budget as "worst" ever for the state, BJD MLA Kalpataru Das said Orissa got an allocation of only Rs 715 crore as against its demand of Rs 1520 crore.

The state had last time got Rs 949.34 crore, he said adding the injustice towards Orissa should be opposed in every quarter. "I appeal to Congress members to support the state government's demand of more allocation in railways," he said.

While East Coast Railway earned Rs 5,000 crore, it did nothing for the state, BJD MLA Sanjay Dasburma alleged.

He threatened that a statewide agitation would be launched if the Railway minister did not announce more allocation for Orissa soon.

Leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh (Cong) alleged that Congress members were denied opportunity to speak during the debate on the budgetary demand of steel and mines department and accused Speaker Pradeep Amat of being "partial" towards ruling party members.

Bureau Report