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Odisha needed a “double engine” government to accelerate the pace of development:Jayant Sinha

Bhubaneswar: 3/3/19:Odisha needed a “double engine” government to accelerate the pace of development, said Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, here on Sunday, and added the Biju Janata Dal-led Odisha government did not believe in cooperative federalism.

Stressing the need for a “double-engine” government, Sinha said the people of Odisha will get the full benefit of the central government’s schemes only with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre as well as the state.

“The pace of development is higher when the Centre and the state have governments led by the same political party. Several development projects have been affected in Odisha due to the lack of support form the state government,” Sinha said.

Stating that the BJP government believed in and practiced cooperative federalism, he said the problem was the party in power in Odisha did not believe in cooperative federalism.

“We have launched many projects in Odisha and want the state to develop. But if we don’t get support from the state government and the BJD, how are we going to call it cooperative federalism,” he remarked.

He said that Rs 1.36 lakh crore central projects were stalled in Odisha due to the state government’s non-cooperation. Several schemes were facing bottlenecks due to land acquisition and forest clearance, he added.

He said the Centre was transforming the aviation sector in Odisha with development of airstrips at several places, including Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Jeypore, Utkela and Paradip.

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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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