The ruling BJD to staged this state wide protest on 27 August as the Congress led UPA has ignored its demand for special category status to Odisha. BJD activists to stage demonstrations at each and every district headquarter on 27th August.
This was decided after Union Planning Minister Rajiv Shulka’s statement in Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the state did not qualify for grant of the status. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Friday demanded immediate revision of the criteria for determining backwardness of States and declare Odisha as a Special Category State (SCS).
Deputy Government Chief Whip Sanjaya Das Burma slammed the Union Government for the delay in upward revision of mining royalty for mineral rich States, including Odisha. He said that a motion should be passed in the House condemning the UPA Government for its dilatory tactics. Das Burma said that due to the delay in revision, Odisha had been sustaining a loss of Rs 5 crore every day. “The State has so far sustained a huge loss to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore due to non-revision of mineral royalty,” he said.
Stating that the revision of mineral royalty was normally being done in every three years and the revision was last done in August, 2009, Das Burma said that the upward revision of royalty was due since August, 2012. Despite the approval of Finance Ministry and Panning Commission, the Union Government was sitting over the issue there by depriving the mineral rich States their dues, he said.