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Action plan for Odisha projects soon, says Javadekar


Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, July 4:

Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said his ministry will prepare an action plan for Odisha to execute public purpose projects and address various issues including the Justice MB Shah Commission’s recommendations and findings on the mining scam in the state.

Prakash Javadekar “We are reviewing many issues, including Shah Commission’s recommendations and findings on mining scam, in the state. The review will be completed by July end. After that, we will prepare an action plan for the state. In fact, we will prepare such plans for all other states,” said the Minister at a press conference here.

Advocating development without destruction in the biodiversity rich state, he blamed the state for not coming to the Ministry with proposals to resolve the issues that include environment clearance. He, however, said the government is committed to the betterment of the state and will do whatever is possible.

Replying to a query on Polavaram project coming up in neighbouring Seemandra, which is likely to submerge some parts of Odisha, he said no project would be implemented without an adequate rehabilitation package, giving a clear signal that the Modi government will back the project as the party had committed publicly during the election campaign.

On giving Khandadhar mines to Posco, he said the government would discuss with all the stake holders, including the BJP leaders opposed to the move, before coming to any conclusion.

Notably, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, who represents that mining rich area, has been opposing handing over of mining lease to Posco to mine in the area, which is inhabited by the Bhuyian tribal community.

The Minister said while the Centre is allocating funds under various programmes and schemes, the state is not utilising it fully.

Javadekar, who is also Information and Broadcasting Minister, said when the AM Radio is converted into FM Radio, Odisha will be given special importance.