New Delhi:11/6/19 Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The much-awaited meeting of Odisha Chief Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi began at 10:30 am and continued for half-an-hour.
Interacting with the media after the meet, Patnaik said, “I have just met the Prime Minister. I congratulated him on his electoral victory. I also requested him for special category status for Odisha For fani fund requirement is assessed to be about ₹ 9,336 Cr, but keeping in view the present SDRF/NDRF norms, CM sought immediate assistance of ₹5,228Cr from NDRF & requested to bring reconstruction of public infrastructure under SDRF/NDRF so as to provision adequate funds.Thanking Union Govt for the support, CM said thaCycloneFani has damaged 5.6 lakh houses, uprooted millions of trees apart from causing huge devastation to crops, orchards, animals and public infrastructure. CM sought 5 lakh PMAY (Gramin) houses on sharing pattern of 90:10
Shri Patnaik also raised the issue of non-revision of coal royalty since 10th May 2012 and urged PM to revise the royalty from 14% to 20% of sale value adding that revision of coal royalty will immensely help Odisha in accelerating the pace of development in the state.
He will also meet Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and other ministers in the national capital.
Several crucial demands including special category state status for Odisha, revision of mining royalty and financial assistance to take up restoration work in the aftermath of Cyclone Fani were raised by the Chief Minister during the meeting, sources said.
The Chief Minister, during his week-long stay in the national Capital, will also attend the 5th meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog on June 15 and is scheduled to return to Bhubaneswar the same evening.