The state government has urged the Centre for timely release of fund under different tribal development schemes.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik in a letter sought intervention of Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram on the matter.
In 2016-17, the Union ministry has not given approval for utilizing the funds under different programmes like special central assistance, tribal sub-plan and conservation-cum-development plan, Naveen said in the letter to Oram.
Naveen said even though the Center has sanctioned Rs 152 crore to spend under different programmes, the fund could not be spent as it was not approved by the project approval committee of the Union tribal affairs ministry (MoTA).
The CM said the state has been attaching highest priority towards development and welfare of scheduled tribe communities of the state.
Dharitri ePaper 04/11/2016 : http://www.dharitri.com/Angul/