bhubaneswar: The state government on Friday requested the Centre to resume provision of funds for development of the Koraput-Balangir-Kalahandi region. The NDA government stopped funds flow under the scheme in 2015-16. The issue was raised by chief minister Naveen Patnaik during his meeting with Union minister of state for finance Jayant Sinha here at the secretariat. The KBK, comprising Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Sonepur, Balangir, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts, is one of the poorest and most backward regions of the country.
In 2015-16, the NDA government stopped the KBK funding completely.
Naveen also demanded more funds under the Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (earlier Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme)
He also sought early release of the Centre’s share to expedite construction of five new medical colleges at Koraput, Balangir, Baripada, Balasore and Puri. So far, the state government has received only Rs 55 crore for construction of the colleges in three instalments. Naveen also requested Sinha to approve the revised estimate of Rs 2450.90 crore for all the five medical colleges.
Briefing the media after the meeting, Sinha said the Centre is emphasizing the development of backward districts in Odisha. He said the Centre would soon release funds for construction of medical colleges.