Special Category Status for Odisha


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION No. 200 TO BE ANSWERED Tuesday, November 19, 2019/Kartika 28, 1941 (Saka) Special Category Status for Odisha 200. SHRI AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:- (a) the action taken towards inclusion of Odisha among States with Special Category Status (SCS) and the details thereof; (b) the kind of assistance extended to Special Category Status States in the year 2019, the details thereof; and (c) whether Government has developed any uniform standards for the identification of future SCS States? ANSWER MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE (SHRI ANURAG SINGH THAKUR) (a): Requests received in past from the State of Odisha to accord Special Category Status (SCS) were examined and it was conveyed that the State had not qualified for grant of SCS based on an integrated consideration of the various criteria followed by the then National Development Council (NDC). (b): Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) did not make any distinction between General Category States and Special Category States in determining its norms and recommendations. However, special dispensation given to North-Eastern States and Himalayan States are as follows: (i) For the Centrally Sponsored Schemes, the ratio of sharing cost between Centre:State is 90: 10. (ii) For Externally Aided Projects (EAPs), pattern of transfer is in the grant-loan ratio of 90:10 with respect to 80% of the project cost.