Times of India, May 17, 2015
Sujit kumar bisoyi,TNN May 17, 2015, 03.53 PM IST
BHUBANESWAR: The NDA government is likely to consider state's demand for continuation of the Koraput-Balangir-Kalahandi (KBK) scheme and Integrated Action Plan (IAP) implemented in 18 Maoist-hit districts.
The Centre has not allocated funds for both the schemes in the 2015-16 annual budget.
The state government raised the issue at the regional meeting of NITI Aayog organized in Kolkata on May 12.
"The NITI Aayog has agreed to take up the issue in its governing council meeting," said an officer of planning and coordination department.
The KBK, comprising Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Sonepur, Balangir, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts, is one of the poorest and most backward regions of the country.
On August 18, 1995, former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao launched a long-term action plan for KBK to alleviate hunger and usher in development.