The non-realization of outstanding arrears
payable to Odisha government by industrial houses kicked up a row in Odisha
assembly with peoples’ representatives cutting across party lines raising
questions and alleging governmental lackadaisical attitude for its collection.
Industries that include state-run public
sector undertakings (PSUs) are chronic defaulters in paying the legitimate dues
towards power consumption, water cess, commercial tax, and value added tax to
the Odisha government.
A whooping Rs 74, 46, 74 crore arrears is
payable to the government by the industrial houses and companies. Notices have
been served to the defaulting houses for its expeditious realization, Finance
Minister Paradip Amat informed the assembly replying to queries of the
“The Naveen Patnaik-led government in the
state is pro-industry and averse to upliftment of poor and downtrodden people
who are struggling hard to make both ends meet. While the government agencies
are leaving no stones unturned in collecting pending dues from common men, the
money-spinning industries are spared from payment of dues amounting to crores
of rupees”, several opposition members of Odisha Legislative assembly alleged
during a debate yesterday evening.
Over 50 companies owe the government Rs
2,121.31 crore towards outstanding water cess while 109 industries are yet to
pay the government tax dues to the tune of Rs 2,085.96 crore. To add to this,
as many as 32 industries have not cleared off pending power dues to the tune of
Rs1,279.77 crore. Besides mining royalty amounting to Rs 1,846.99 crore remain
IMFA group of companies is one of the biggest
defaulters and it owes the government power arrears of Rs 363.61 crore.
Similarly PSU Rourkela steel plant has defaulted in paying Rs 247 crore
The Paradip refinery owned by state-run
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) is liable to pay Rs 1,485 crore value
added tax dues to Odisha government. Notices are being served to the oil
company for the realization of the pending dues, the minister Amat told