Increased allocations for railway projects A welcome step: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that the Union budget 2019-20 spoke of a medium-term and long-term vision of a government that is good for the country, but these should be backed up by appropriate budgetary allocations.
CM welcomed a higher allocation for sectors such as health, education, skills development, drinking water, a mission for life, the development of women and children. He also expressed concern about the reduced allocation for MGNREGA, basic schemes for SC, ST and other vulnerable groups and pensions within the NSAP.
“Increased allocations for railway projects is a welcome step. I hope that the railway projects in Odisha would be accelerated with adequate distribution. However, the reduced allocation for national highways would have a negative impact on interstate connectivity, “added CM.
“The Union budget also highlights rural connectivity through PMGSY, housing through PMAY and the Swachh Bharat mission. However, they have to be supported by allocating funds, “he stressed.
Speaking of farmers and agriculture, Patnaik said: “I would like the government of the Union to increase the amount of aid to farmers under” PM-KISAN “in accordance with our” KALIJOM “scheme. Workers and homeless people should also be involved in his care. “
CM stated that the imposition of Cess and Surcharges by the central government that remains outside the split set further reduces the resources available to the states.

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