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Odisha MLAs peeved over Industries defaulting in paying govt dues

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 members. 

“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 unrealised.

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 electricity bills.

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 theassembly.    


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