New Delhi:19/8/17: The ongoing dispute between Odisha Government and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) was resolved on a mutual agreement basis, informed Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Addressing a press conference at New Delhi on Saturday, Pradhan informed that consensus has been reached between both the parties with Odisha agreeing to provide Rs 700 crore interest free loan annually to IOCL for a period of 15 years taking into account 2016-17 last financial quarter.
As per the fresh understanding, IOCL will start repayment from the 16th year onwards. Out of the estimated tax collection of Rs 2,200 crore by IOCL, Odisha will get nearly Rs 1,500 crore after giving away Rs 700 crore loan.
The development comes barely a day after a high level meeting between Odisha Chief Minister and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on the issue in Delhi yesterday. Later in the evening, Odisha Chief Secretary AP Padhi, secretary of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry and other officials subsequently finalised the modalities after a meeting. It is agreed that Odisha government will give interest free loan of Rs 700 crores for 15 years and total deferment of VAT. This would give a substantial amount of additional revenue of Rs 1500 crore per year to Odisha,” said Pradhan.