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Tag: Niranjan Pujari

Niranjan Pujari's Urban Development Plan
Budget 2022-23 Reveals Odisha FM Pujari's Mega Plan To Win Urban Elections

With the plot proving successful and post winning big in the urban elections concluded very recently, the Budget 2022-23 (I) has allocated a sum of Rs 3,964 cr for Urban Development

Odisha Budget 2021-22: A Social Hit But Flops in Job creation, Growth

Bhubaneswar: Unlike the mantra of higher spending in the Union Budget 2021-22, and when developed countries like the US and others in European Union have not hesitated in opening up their coffers after the pandemic shock, the Odisha Budget 2021-22 surprisingly decided to remain inside the ‘Laxman Rekha’ of FRBM Act. Though Finance Minister Niranjan […]

Odisha Budget 2021-22: Irrigation Outlay Down By Rs 175 Cr

Bhubaneswar: Unlike the last budget, Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari has allocated Rs 175 crore less to the irrigation schemes in the State. Moreover, the irrigation budget carries an imprint of ‘Made for Western Odisha’. A detailed glance at the allocations reveal that outlays made under different irrigation schemes in this budget lacks a holistic approach. […]

Odisha Budget 2021-22: Agriculture Outlay down by 9% to Rs 17.4k Cr

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Agriculture Budget tabled today in State Assembly delivered a big shocker when the farmer unrest is making headlines in the country. Despite the State Agriculture sector in the State having been contracted by a massive 6.54 per cent in the current financial year of 2020-21, the allocation for the year 2021-22 saw […]

The future of Odisha politics
Odisha (The Ancient Kalinga) Loves British Tradition, Will Table Budget at 5 pm!

Bhubaneswar: It seems the hon’ble members of Odisha State Assembly are very happy to oblige to the British tradition of presenting the budget at 5 pm in the evening. This is so when the Union Budget in Parliament is being tabled on the floor of the Lok Sabha at 11 am since the year 1999. […]

COVID19 Pandemic Pain: Odisha GSDP May Post Negative Growth!

Bhubaneswar: Even as the State cabinet has finalised the contours of Odisha’s post-pandemic budget with a total expenditure plan of Rs 1.7 lakh crore, the state of finances as on January end indicates a deceleration of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in the current financial year ending on March 31, 2021. Highly placed sources […]

Union Budget 2021: Here Is What Odisha Demands

Bhubaneswar:  Odisha Government has sought adequate fund allocation for the State in Union Budget for 2021-22. The State demanded Rs 72,000 crore for the development of Railway infrastructure in Odisha and sanctioning of new railway lines. Taking part in the pre-budget consultation meeting with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari said […]

Union Budget 2021-22: Odisha Seeks Rs 7,200 Cr For Railways & Lays Out Other Provisions, Check Details
Union Budget 2021-22: Odisha Seeks Rs 7,200 Cr For Railways & Lays Out Other Provisions, Check Details

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari raised some issues concerning to the state in the pre-budget consultations with Finance Ministers of states chaired by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday. The Odisha government demanded Rs 7,200 crore in the railway sector and Rs 5,650 crore in the telecom sector in the forthcoming Union […]

Odisha Urges FM To Release Jagannath Temple Funds In Yes Bank

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari has requested Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to instruct the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to allow release of Rs 545 crore deposited by Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in Yes Bank. “Various funds related to the temple i.e. Foundation Fund, Corpus Fund and Temple Fund are being managed […]

KALIA Truth: 5 lakh eligible farmers still out of loop, 51 lakh beneficiaries an inflated number!

Bhubaneswar: There goes a saying ‘God only knows himself’. With regard to Naveen-led BJD Government’s game-changer scheme KALIA, an acronym attributed to Lord Jagannath, this seems to be the case. A maze of numbers are thrown out. Budget 2020-21 gives one number, Agriculture department rolls out another. Amidst the lingering haze, the news tumbled out […]

Odisha Assembly Passes Supplementary Budget

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly on Monday passed the first supplementary budget of Rs 8,126.32 crore for the 2019-20 financial year after a debate. The supplementary budget was passed in the voice vote allowing the state government to spend Rs 8,126.32 crore from the consolidated fund. With the passage of the supplementary statement of expenditure in […]

Will Reconsider Public Demands While Formulating New Excise Policy: Minister

Bhubaneswar: State Excise Minister Niranjan Pujari Friday assured the members of the Odisha Nisa Nibaran Mancha that the government would reconsider a bulk of their demands while formulating the new excise policy next year. It is pertinent to note that the excise department had earlier shot letters to Collectors of all districts to grant temporary […]

Independence Day 2019
'Record-breaking' I-Day Celebrations in Odisha!

Bhubaneswar: Marking the 73rd Independence Day in the grandest way, thousands of residents in Steel City Rourkela along with school students formed a human chain at the Ring Road to unfurl a 17-km-long National Flag. Working in collaboration with several voluntary organisations of the city, the organiser ‘Smile Forever’, is aiming to register the feat […]

No Proposal As Of Now to Make Odisha Liquor Free: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has no such proposal to introduce a law for making the State liquor free, informed Excise Minister, Niranjan Pujari while replying to a starred question in the Assembly on Monday. Responding to BJP MLA Nityananda Gond, Pujari stated “As there is no ban on the sale of liquor in neighbouring States, it […]

Centre not implementing FC recommendation on sanction of funds under SDRF: Pujari

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari on Monday said the state government has strongly protested the Centre’s act of “not implementing” the Finance Commission recommendation on sanction of funds under SDRF. Pujari said this in the Assembly while replying a question of BJD member Ashwini Kumar Patra. He said though the 14th Finance Commission had […]

BJP MLA moves privilege motion against Odisha Excise Minister

Bhubaneswar: Alleging that Excise Minister Niranjan Pujari presented misleading statement in Odisha Assembly, Sambalpur BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra today moved a privileged motion against the minister in the House. On July 22, while replying to a query made by Opposition chief whip and Keonjhar BJP MLA Mohan Majhi in the House, Pujari said that no […]

Not yet accepted Standing Committee's suggestion: Excise Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government Monday said it has so far not accepted the recommendation of the standing committee of the Excise Department which had suggested opening of more IMFL shops and rewarding successful licensed traders. This was stated by Excise minister Niranjan Pujari while replying to a question of BJP member Mohan Majhi in the Assembly. […]

Odisha sets Rs 45,500 crore revenue collection target

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government Monday said it has set a target of collecting Rs 45,500 crore revenue in 2019-20 fiscal year. This was stated by Finance minister Niranjan Pujari while replying to a written question of ruling BJD member Prafulla Samal in the Assembly. Pujari said the tax revenue collection till June 2019 was Rs 6,943 […]

Potato Mission draws a big cipher for Odisha governance model!

Bhubaneswar: The State Potato Mission now turning a hot potato for the ruling BJD reflects on how the tall governance claim of the Odisha government proved a big cipher. Launched with much fanfare, the State Potato Mission, which even elicited praise from CM Naveen Patnaik, has not only had a stuttered implementation since its birth […]

Maharathy is a Jatra actor, don’t take him seriously: Govt chief whip

Bhubaneswar: All seems not well within the ruling-BJD owing to the recent war of words which has been continuing between senior leaders, both inside and outside Odisha Assembly. A day after senior BJD leader and Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari trained his guns at MLA Pradeep Maharathy over defunct cold storages and agriculture in the State, […]

Odisha Budget 2019-20: Will Finmin Pujari's maiden budget do justice to Edu allocation?

Bhubaneswar: As the new Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari will be presenting the first budget of Naveen 5.0 on coming Friday (June 28), the big watch out point in the upcoming full budget 2019-20 is the allocation to the education sector. A check-out out here looks all the more imperative because, Odisha had fared poorest among […]

With debt burden rising, all eyes on Odisha budget 2019

Bhubaneswar: The populist announcements prior to the polls are expected to pose a serious challenge for the Odisha government which will be presenting the full budget on June 28. The Finance department is leaving no stone unturned to announce a suitable budget for everyone and suggestions have been sought from the public through e-mail, SMS […]

Elections Over, Reality check moment for Team Naveen!

Bhubaneswar: With the elections now over, it’s time for the team Naveen to take a reality check. The party has made a mountain of promises during the campaigning and climbing the mountain of promise will not be a cakewalk for the State government. Given the promises made have a huge financial implication, the most onerous […]

CM retains Home department, Niranjan Pujari gets Finance

Bhubaneswar: Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, all the administrative departments were allocated among the Council of Ministers by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today. While the Chief Minister has retained the Home, General Administration & Public Grievance departments, Niranjan Pujari has been given charge of the Finance and Excise departments. Prafulla Kumar Mallik has been allocated […]

DQ scam: Only 4 allotted houses cancelled in 4 years

Bhubaneswar: Four years after the State Cabinet decided to cancel plots and flats given away under the discretionary quota (DQ) in view of large scale irregularities, the Odisha government has been able to cancel only four such allotted houses. The data was furnished by the Urban Development minister, Niranjan Pujari in a presser today. According […]

CM Naveen assures 100% water supply to urban households by March 2019

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed the Housing and Urban Development department to ensure supply of pipe water to all urban households of the state by March 2019. While reviewing the drinking water supply situation in the urban areas during a high-level meeting, Patnaik directed the department to ensure 100 per cent supply […]

niranjan pujari
Work on 15 industrial projects in Odisha to begin soon

Bhubaneswar: The ground breaking ceremony of 15 new industrial projects will be held in next four months, said Odisha Industries minister Niranjan Pujari today after holding the second inter-ministerial committee meeting to review the progress of projects. “Review revealed that more than 15 industrial projects were expected to go for ground breaking ceremony in coming […]

Odisha Assembly Speaker election to be held on May 16

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor SC Jamir today fixed May 16 as the date for election of the Speaker of State Legislative Assembly (OLA) following resignation of Niranjan Pujari from the post on May 5. In a letter to the members of the OLA, assembly secretary AK Sarangi informed them that the election for the post of […]

Know Your new Ministers in Naveen Cabinet

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday inducted a 12 member team including six new cabinet ministers and four ministers of states to his cabinet as part of the strategy to strengthen governance and Biju Janta Dal (BJD) in the biggest reshuffle this fourth term in the State. Here is a quick look at […]

Speaker rejects adjournment notices by Opposition

Bhubaneswar: In a strong move, Speaker Niranjan Pujari rejected two adjournment motions moved separately by the BJP and the Congress in the state Assembly today. The BJP moved a notice for adjournment over the issue of power crisis in the state highlighting the state government’s failure in ensuring electricity for 24 hours. Similarly, the Congress moved a […]

Assembly adopts resolution to hike Paddy MSP
Assembly adopts resolution to hike Paddy MSP

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution recommending the state government to urge the Centre to increase the MSP of common paddy to Rs 2930 per quintal. The House supported the resolution moved by Agriculture Minister Pradeep Kumar Maharathy and said the farmers should get appropriate price for paddy. The Minimum Support Price […]

Odisha assembly
House adjourned as Opp creates ruckus demanding hike in paddy MSP

Bhubaneswar: Demanding consensus on a proposal to increase minimum support price (MSP) for paddy to Rs 2,800, Opposition members today created ruckus in the Odisha Assembly leading to adjournment in the proceedings twice today. As soon as the House assembled for the Question Hour, Congress legislators stormed into the well of the State Assembly and […]

Odisha farmer commits suicide
Odisha Assembly Standing Committee to probe farmer suicide case

Bhubaneswar: Ending the six-day long logjam in Odisha Assembly over farmer suicide cases in the state, Speaker Niranjan Pujari on Tuesday ordered a Standing Committee probe into the death of farmer Hadu Bagarti. “I realise that the Bargarh farmer’s death is a fit case for investigation as raised by the Leader of Opposition and opposition […]

Farmer Suicide
Stalemate continues in Odisha Assembly over farmer suicides

Bhubaneswar: The impasse over the alleged farmer suicides continued in the Odisha Assembly today with opposition BJP members creating ruckus forcing Speaker Niranjan Pujari to adjourn the House thrice. As soon as the House assembled for the Question Hour, the agitating BJP members led by Rabi Naik stormed into the well of the House demanding […]

BJP demands apology from BJD MLAs for comments against PM

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha assembly today witnessed repeated adjournments due to noisy protests by opposition BJP members demanding an apology from two BJD MLAs who made “derogatory” remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP members stormed into the well of the House during the Zero Hour as soon as BJD MLA Mahesh Sahoo made the […]

Odisha BJP
BJP to boycott all party meeting convened by Speaker

Bhubaneswar: Annoyed over no transaction of any business in the Odisha Assembly due to pandemonium by the Congress members, the opposition BJP today decided to boycott the all party meeting being convened by the Speaker. This was stated by BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo in a statement. “We doubt a conspiracy has been […]

Congress creates ruckus in Odisha Assembly over distress sale of vegetables

Bhubaneswar: Raising the distress sale of tomatoes and other vegetables in State, Opposition Congress today created pandemonium in the Assembly and demanded reply from chief minister and concerned minister on the issue. Unable to run the House, Speaker Niranjan Pujari was forced to adjourn it twice. Soon after the House assembled for the day, Congress […]

Odisha assembly uproar
Uproar in Odisha Assembly on panchayat poll violence

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly today witnessed uproar when opposition Congress and BJP demanded a discussion on the violence during the three-tire panchayat elections which ended on February 21. The Opposition legislators shouted slogans standing on their seats on the second day of the budget session. They demanded that the discussion be held immediately after cancelling […]

Odisha assembly
House adjourned till 11.45 am amid Opp din

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly Speaker Niranjan Pujari today adjourned the House till 11.45 am amid din created by BJP and Congress members when an adjournment motion moved by the Opposition for a debate on occurrence of violence cases during the panchayat polls held recently in five phases across the State. The Opposition legislators shouted slogans standing […]

Odisha Assembly: Cong up in arms over demonetisation

Bhubaneswar: The demonetisation issue rocked the Odisha Assembly today when Congress legislators stormed into the well of the House shouting slogans and created a din leading to an adjournment in the proceedings of the House till 3 pm. Alleging farmers of the State are suffering due to the demonetisation, Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati […]