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Union Tribal Affairs Minister has urged Odisha Chief Ministero return Unutilised central funds

Bhubaneswar:18/12/17; Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram has urged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to return unutilised central funds provided to the state government to ensure minimum support price (MSP) on minor forest produces for tribals.

The Centre had provided Rs 49.91 crore in 2014 under the mechanism for marketing of minor forest produce (MFP) through minimum support price and development of value chain of MFP to undertake procurement operations.

Though the state government was provided the sum as revolving fund to undertake procurement for implementation of the scheme, it could utilise only Rs 3.80 crore in the last four years, Oram said in his letter to the chief minister.

The letter was dated December 13 but was circulated among the media today.

The managing director of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited and a team of officials from the ministry of tribal affairs had interacted with state government officials at a meeting chaired by Odisha chief secretary at Bhubaneswar on September 15, 2017 to discuss about the scheme and its implementation, Oram said.

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