Bhubaneswar: Ahead of BJP National Executive Meet here today, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said Odisha will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s laboratory for testing various ‘pro-poor welfare schemes’.
While addressing national level reporters here, Pradhan said, “The Modi government has sanctioned Rs 5,200 crore to the state In the Railway Budgets in three years. Many developmental activities can be undertaken in this minerals-rich state. It indicates how much the Prime Minister is concerned about Odisha’s development.”
Claiming that Odisha has got the highest gains from the 14th Finance Commission, Pradhan said the Centre has sanctioned Rs 3,000 crore in its Budget for development of rural Odisha. Similarly, LPG connections in the State have been increased to 43 lakh in three years from 22-23 lakh connections made by the year 2014.
“Odisha has been chosen to be the laboratory for testing various pro-poor welfare programmes. Accordingly, the party has adopted two approaches. Firstly, people’s expectations would be fulfilled by the Government and, secondly, the party organisation would be strengthened to make it a success, he said.