Bhubaneswar: The ruling-BJD’s Puri MP Pinaki Mishra on Saturday heaped praise on Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at a programme here marking Micro Unit Development and Refinance Agency (Mudra) promotion in Odisha.
Praising Pradhan, MP Mishra said, Dharmendra Babu’s worst critics will also concede one fact that he is very hardworking and exceptionally competent. I believe there was no luckier Petroleum Minister than him in last 40 years. I wonder, how the international crude prices which were $140-160 a barrel in 2014 when he took over as the Minister, have thereafter reduced about $30-40 a barrel and even came down as lowest $20 a barrel.”
On the occasion, Pradhan who is also the minister in charge of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said that the Centre has set a target for commercial banks operating in the State to extend financial assistance to at least 10,000 entrepreneurs under the Stand-Up India scheme in 2018-19.
Expressing his displeasure over low disbursement of credit under the scheme, which aims at promoting entrepreneurship among SC, ST and women and provides loans in the range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore, Pradhan said only 1,300 persons have been benefited.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to make Odisha the laboratory for the pro-poor development initiatives. As part of the programme, I have decided to make the State a testing centre for skill development so that 10,000 people each year can be imparted training for making them successful in managing their business,” Pradhan said while addressing a Mudra promotion campaign programme here.