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Union Minister of State in Jal Shakti and Tribal Affairs assured that all the disputes pertaining to rivers in Odisha will be resolved soon

Bhubaneswar:6/9/21:Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti and Tribal Affairs, Bisweswar Tudu on Monday assured that all the disputes pertaining to rivers in Odisha will be resolved soon.

The minister made the announcement on the sidelines of his visit to the Lord Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar earlier in the day.

He said that he has already held discussions over the issues related to rivers in Odisha with the concerned officials after he took charge of the Ministry two months back.

A Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared and the issues will hopefully be resolved at the earliest, he said speaking to the media.

Speaking about the Odisha’s dispute with Chhattishgarh over the distribution of Mahanadi River water, Tudu said, “There is nothing which cannot be resolved amicably. Both the States should have made some sacrifices to come to a mutually acceptable agreement. But it was allowed to linger as nobody really tried to lower their ego.”

It is pertinent to mention here that that Mahanadi River Water Disputes Tribunal was constituted on March 12, 2018, under the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 for adjudication of Mahanadi water disputes between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

Following widespread political and public outcry, the Odisha Government had moved the Supreme Court in 2016 seeking a direction to Chhattisgarh to stop construction of all barrages and dams in the upstream of the Mahanadi River. It had also sought the formation of a tribunal to resolve the issue.

In January 2018, the Apex Court had directed the Centre to form a tribunal to settle the inter-state water dispute.

Speaking on tribal affairs, the Union Minister said, “The Centre gives regular funds to all States for the development of the tribal population. However, it is the duty of the concerned State Governments to make use that fund on the ground.”

Tudu was accorded a grand welcome at the Bhubaneswar airport following his arrival today. He was received with the traditional music and folk dance performance. After seeking the blessings of Lord Lingaraj in Bhubaneswar he was scheduled to visit Puri and thereafter travel to his constituency in Mayurbhanj to join BJP’s Jan Ashirvad Yatra.

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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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