State BJP seeks expenditure details of Make In Odisha Conclave

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Bhubaneswar: Even as the State government has claimed the ‘Make In Odisha’ Conclave a big success, the BJP raised suspicion over its achievement and demanded detailed expenditure on the summit.

Addressing a press conference, general secretary of State BJP Bhrugu Buxipatra said the success of the ‘Make In Odisha’ conclave, which is claimed to be the largest ever investors’ meet, is highly required. “We hope the success of the conclave as four core people and two crore youths’ future depend on it. But, the State government failed to put its proposal before the companies on the amount of investment. Big industrialists from outside the State attended the conclave, but where were the investors from Odisha?, Buxipatra said.

The saffron leader also alleged that the investors, who had signed pact with the State government in last 17 years, these are yet to be implemented. “At least 92 big companies had inked MoU with the State out of which only six have been operational. 46 agreements were cancelled where as 40 industries are yet to begin their work”, he alleged.

Giving more information about the investors, Buxipatra said 17 MoU were signed for power projects out of which three have been functional. Some projects have been constructed while some others are yet to start construction”, he pointed out.

The State government had decided to set up 13 ports, but inked pact for only four. One has been commissioned while constructions for other three are yet to begin, he maintained. Similarly, Odisha had signed MoU for setting up of 18 hydro-power projects, but not a single project has been commissioned till now, the BJP leader rued.

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