Unhappy over allocation of Rs. 250 crore per annum for the poverty stricken Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput (KBK) region, the State government on Friday accused the Congress-led UPA government of granting Rs 3,000 crore per annum to Bihar in expectation of possible support from Nitish Kumar.

“This is unfortunate on part of the Centre to discriminate against Odisha. The UPA government granted Rs 3,000 crore per annum to Bihar only to get support from Nitish Kumar,” Panchayati Raj Minister Kalpataru Das told mediapersons.

He alleged that the UPA government had failed to perform its federal responsibilities. The Minister was reacting to Thursday’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) decision to allocate funds under Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF).

“They allocated only Rs 250 crore per annum for the KBK for the next four years,” Mr. Das said. The amount was same as in the 11th Plan period, he said, adding Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh also got Rs 1100 crore per annum.

Congress MP Pradeep Majhi also said the State government had often blamed the Centre on every occasion. .

PTI