Centre Allocated Over Rs 22K Crore Package To Odisha During Covid-19: Union Minister
Bhubaneswar: In order to support the livelihood of the people and induce life into the economy of Odisha during the Covid-19 lockdown period, the Union government has provided a package of Rs 22,267.66 crore to the state, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said at a presser here Friday.
The Union Government has provided 5 kg rice each to 3 crore 17 lakh people of the state. A total of 7,51,930 tonne of rice amounting Rs 2225 crore has benefited 70 percent of the people. Similarly 44,130 tonne of dal worth around Rs 529 crore has been distributed among the people,” informed Pradhan.
According to him, a total of Rs 1258 crore has been deposited on the Jan Dhan accounts of around 85 lakh beneficiaries with Rs 1000 to each senior citizen, divyang and widows as allowances.
The government has spent a total of Rs 202 crore in this scheme for 20,27,000 beneficiaries. Similarly a total of Rs 400.63 has been spent from the government coffer for the 20.3 lakh beneficiaries under Pradhanmantri (PM) Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna.
“The Central Government has also provided an assistance of Rs 1500 each to 20 lakh contractual labourers amounting a total of Rs 312 crore. Under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana around 68 lakh 79 thousand free of cost LPG gas cylinders with cost of Rs 440 crore have been provided in the state,” said the Union Minister.
“During the 2019-20 financial year total GST amount of Rs 5122 has been paid to the state government. During the 2020-21 financial year, GST collection has been hampered by Covid-19. However, the Centre has taken the responsibility to provide the state its GST share of Rs 2258 crore. Meanwhile the additional loan capacity of Odisha has been increased.”
“Similarly the GSDP has been increased from 3 to 3.5 %. The centre has taken the responsibility to provide a share of 2858 crore to Odisha. An amount of Rs 2139 crore has been provided from SDRF towards providing fooding facilities in Covid-19 centres across the state. A grant of Rs 271 crore has been provided to Odisha towards urban development,” mentioned Pradhan.
“DM Fund spending has been simplified and the state could spend Rs 2012 crore from it. The state has also given an assistance of Rs 500 crore during the Amphan cyclone. Union Power Ministry has provided a concession of around Rs 85 crore to different DISCOMs of Odisha under various schemes,” the minister said.
The centre has also provided an assistance of Rs 810 crore under Jal Jeeban Mishan. Around 63,222 urban vendors have been provided Rs 8.2 crore assistance for livelihood support in view of Covid-19. Under MGNREGA the state has been given Rs 185 crore more as there has been an increase of Rs 20 in the wage,” he informed.
“The main aim of providing the package to Odisha is to increase liquidity in the state market, boost economic growth and purchasing opportunity to people and more manufacturing activities in the state,” added Pradhan.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)