State Govt demands Rs 280 crore SRE grant


Bhubaneswar: The State Government today asked the Centre to release Rs 280 crore under security related expenditure and sought its cooperation to expedite development activities in the districts affected by left wing extremists.

The state government’s demands were made by chief secretary A P Padhi while attending a video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha.

Padhi apprised the Union Cabinet secretary that the central grant of Rs 280 crore under SRE was pending for a long time even as its accounts were already audited and approved.

The issues relating to electrification of villages, establishment of solar parks, school education, literacy, skill development, promotion of entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, railway projects, tele connectivity, rural development and security matters in the LWE-hit districts were reviewed in the meeting.

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