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Five years after, panel still studying report on disparities!

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OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Dec 2:

Five years after the state government formed a sub-committee to study and analyze the recommendations of the Commission on Regional Disparities, it is yet to finish studying the report. So much for the government’s keenness to remove regional disparities!

Only 17 departments have bothered to submit their opinions on the issue in these five years, as per the fact file presented by Planning and Coordination minister Maheswar Mohanty in the state assembly on Saturday.

In his reply to a starred question by legislator Naba Kishore Das in the state assembly on Saturday, Mohanty said only 17 departments – Textiles & Handlooms, Agriculture, Parliamentary  Affairs, Excise, Steel & Mines, Energy, Industries, Public Enterprises, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development, Health & Family Welfare, Higher Education, Cooperation, Panchayatiraj, Women & Child Development and Commerce & Transport – have submitted their opinions to the Planning and Coordination department. Other departments have been requested to submit their suggestions immediately, the minister informed.

However, Mohanty mentioned that no time limit had been fixed for the sub-committee to complete its analysis. But the Commission’s report can be sent to the government for its approval only after the sub-committee submits its report, he added.

The minister further informed the House that the contents of the Commission’s report cannot be disclosed.