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Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister about Odisha’s long standing demand for accordance of Special Category Status

Bhubaneswar:19/6/18:In view of recent NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting, Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modihighlighting 3 key concerns of Odisha. He has drawn attention to Odisha’s genuine and long standing demand for accordance of Special Category Status. He has a suggested that National Health Protection Scheme(NHPS) to move towards universal coverage instead of basing it on SECC data which currently leaves out about 40 lakh needy people from its ambit.


Through his letter, he has brought the focus on the specific requirements of agriculture sector needing assistance of centre. He has called for implementing Swaminathan Committee recommendations in right earnest for the betterment of the sector as well as for the welfare of farmers.

He has suggests for a National Policy on Farm loan waiver and assured support of Odisha to such a policy. He has also expressed the need to factor in realistic input costs while making MSP to 1.5 times of the present.

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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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