RANCHI: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has expressed his displeasure to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the deduction of Rs 1,417 crore as energy dues of Damodar Valley Company, contending that it has “soured” relations of the state authorities with the Centre.
In a letter to Modi, Soren stated within the current COVID- 19 state of affairs, the step was unconstitutional and harm the federal construction of the nation.
“As a result of this deduction, relations between Jharkhand and the central authorities have soured,” he stated.
Soren stated the whole energy dues of DVC was Rs 5,500 crore, out of which, Rs 1,417 crore was debited from the state’s account, which was “neither justified nor constitutional”.
The chief minister additionally urged the PM to return the quantity and make sure that such deductions don’t occur in future in view of the pandemic.
“The Centre is requested to reverse the choice and credit score the sum as Jharkhand is a tribal-dominated state,” Soren stated within the letter to Modi late on Thursday.
He additionally sought a gathering with the prime minister to apprise him concerning the concern of energy dues.