New Delhi: A delegation of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee on Friday met Finance Minister P Chidambaram and demanded a financial package for the state on the lines of special allocation for Bihar and conferment of special category status. It also demanded setting up of a high-level fast track inquiry against the BJD government in the state to "expose massive mis-utilisation of public funds".
The delegation led by PCC President Niranjan Patnaik hailed Chidambaram's announcement of a policy shift in determining a backward state and noted that the financial dispensation for addressing Odisha's backwardness becomes imperative. "This policy shift is most welcome and, once finalized, would help deserving backward states like Odisha for substantially higher flow of central funds including conferment of special category status," Patnaik said in a memorandum submitted to the Finance Minister.
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to undertake a two-day visit to Odisha from Monday to rejuvenate the party which has been out of power in the state since 2000. Gandhi, who is visiting the state for the first time after becoming AICC vice-president, would arrive at Sambalpur on Monday, according to Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik. ...
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Bhubaneshwar: A Dalit girl who was allegedly raped in Pipli in Odisha will be shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi this week for better treatment. The girl was raped by a man in her village in November 2011. She has been in a coma ever since. Earlier in the day, the Odisha government ordered a judicial probe into the episode to identify the persons responsible for the incident. "Chief Minister...
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