**Bhubaneswar: ** Extending a very warm welcome to 15th Finance Commission Chairman N.K. Singh and the Members to Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today submitted a detailed memorandum carrying suggestions and reiterated State’s longstanding demand for Special Category Status as well as a special request for granting Rs 1,500 crore package for disaster management.
The Chief Minister said, “It is in this premise of historic Central neglect and frequent natural calamities that my Government has been demanding Special Category Status for Odisha which will supplement our efforts in transforming the State.”
The Chief Minister also mentioned, “Special Request – Package for Disaster Management. At least Rs 1,500 crores for our initiatives to built more Cyclone Shelters and improve our Warning Systems.”
He stated, “The Finance Commission is a unique Constitutional authority, with the mandate for making recommendations to the Union Government on the principles of revenue sharing.”
Presenting some of the major suggestions of Odisha to the Commission, the Chief Minister mentioned:
**1:** Increasing tax devolution from 42% to 50%
**2: ** Making cess and surcharges as part of divisible pool
**3: ** Use of 1971 population as devolution criteria
**4:** Extension of GST compensation for another 10 years
**5:** 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,” urged the Odisha Chief Minister.
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