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Odisha Chief Minister reiterated the Special State Status Demand

Bhubaneswar:17/2/18; Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reiterated the special state status demand during a meeting with NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar here on Saturday.

Patnaik also urged the Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman for revision of coal royalty and open bank branches in 4376 unbanked Gram Panchayat in the state.

Besides, the Chief Minister requested Rajiv Kumar to expand mobile network in 11,200 villages and broadband connectivity in the Maoists affected districts of the state.

Restoration of Central assistance for Special plan for KBK, IAP and BRGF districts and hike of the Centre’s share in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) from 75% to 90% with effect from 1st July, 2017, are the other demands which the Odisha CM placed before the Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman.

The Chief Minister also said that Under PMGSY Scheme, for 38 LWE Blocks, the population range norm for up-gradation of the existing roads should be relaxed to 100 and above. He also demanded adequate funds for development and maintenance of National Highways.

He further demanded the Railways to speed up the execution of the works in the state.

“The Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, modeled on the lines of Odisha’s Flagship State Scheme MAMTA, needs certain modifications for wider coverage of beneficiaries,” Patnaik suggested.

“The Amritsar-Kolkata industrial corridor may be extended up to Visakhapatnam to connect it to Deep Water Ports. This would also facilitate strategic link between carious industrial corridors of the county and there should be advance intimation of the annual allocation for the Central Sponsored Scheme,” he added.

On the other hand, after his meeting with Naveen, the Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman while briefing media informed, “As per the official process of NITI Aayog, we should meet all the Chief Ministers at their respective State capital cities. The aim and objective of it is to convince the Chief Ministers to make NITI Aayog their medium of communication with the Central Government so that the State’s problems are properly addressed.”

 

 

 

 

About Ashok Palit

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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