Naveen Patnaik: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik demands double allotments to country’s eastern region for infrastructure development | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged the Centre to double the allotment to the eastern region of the country to enhance the tele density, banking density, and road and rail density.
Speaking at the 24th Eastern Zonal Council meeting that started under the chairmanship of Union home minister, Naveen said, “If a nation wide analysis is done for teledensity, banking density, rail and road density, east zone would be at the bottom in all these subjects that are in the Union List. There is a need to double the allotments made to this region so that they catch up to the national benchmarks.”
At the meeting that was also attended by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and planning and finance minister of Jharkhand, the chief minister also demanded a special economic package for expediting infrastructural development of the region.
Naveen also reiterated the demand for revision of coal royalty which has not been revised since 2012. “The fruits of this wealth should boost economic growth of this region and its people. Royalty on coal has not been revised since 2012. There is an urgent need to revise royalty on coal and also to share the proceeds of clean Energy cess with the state government,” said Naveen on the occasion.
He also reiterated the demand for inclusion of Ho, Bhumijand Mundari languages in the eighth schedule of constitution.
While thanking the Centre for extending all help during the cyclone Fani that hit the state in May last year, Naveen said ‘vulnerability to natural calamity’ should be taken as a criteria to declare Odisha as a ‘Special Focus State’.
The chief minister also demanded expeditious implementation of important railway projects in the state, for which the state government has been extending support by bearing half of the project cost and free land.

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