15th Finance Commission in Odisha: CM demands Rs 1,500 cr for disaster management

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday requested the Fifteenth Finance Commission to grant a special package of Rs 1,500 crore to build more cyclone shelters and improve disaster warning system in the state.

Patnaik also reiterated the demand of Special Category Status for Odisha before the Finance Commission in a meeting here in the State capital.

Besides, the Chief Minister presented some major suggestions of Odisha to the Commission such as  increasing tax devolution from 42% to 50%, making cess and surcharges as part of divisible pool, use of 1971 population as devolution criteria, extension of GST compensation for another 10 years and clean energy cess to be spent in Coal Mining Areas.

“We have submitted a detailed memorandum to the Commission. I am hopeful that the Commission will incorporate all our suggestions and aid in the rapid progress of Odisha,” Patnaik said.

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