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Union Budget 2017-18 is “a mixed bag”: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar:(ONT Bureau) 1/2/17:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said the Union Budget 2017-18 is “a mixed bag” and falls “short of expectations” on many issues as not much has been done to address the adverse impact of demonetisation.

“People at large took the brunt of impact of demonetisation and I was expecting something spectacular for the common man in the Union Budget. However, the Union Budget 2017-18 is a mixed bag and falls short of expectations on many counts.

“Specific concerns of Odisha specially relating to development of KBK region, opening of bank branches in un-banked Gram Panchayats and meeting the developmental aspirations of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe community have not been addressed,” he said.

Noting the scheme-related transfers to the States have been proposed to increase at a meagre rate of 5.5 percent, he said that in real terms, there is no increase at all, while allocations for schemes relating to rural roads, rural drinking water, education, mid-day-meal programme and urban development are almost stagnant.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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