Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 21:
The BJD will reiterate the demand for according special category state (SCS) status to Odisha in the Budget session of the Parliament.
The decision was taken at the BJD Parliamentary Party meeting chaired by party president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Nivas here today.
BJD MPs apart from demanding special category state status for Odisha, will demand early completion of repair of the damaged Jagamohana of the Sri Mandir.
“BJD MPs will demand for timely repair and restoration of Lord Jagannath temple with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and concerned department. Release of dues pending towards 2015 drought 2013 Phailin will be emphasized in the course of the discussion in the Parliament,” informed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after the meeting.
Similarly, it was decided at the meeting that the party MPs will raise issues of arrears of Central assistance for drought and Phailin during the Budget session.
The party MPs will draw the attention of the Parliament towards the Polavaram issue.
The meeting decided that party MPs will raise the issue of delay in release of Central share for new medical colleges in the state.
The party will demand change in rice-wheat ratio under the National Food Security Act (NFSA),”
“We have been historically neglected by the Central government. We need special package and special category status which can remove the historical inequality of development. The Central government showing partisan behaviour towards the state repeatedly should be done away with. Due to NITI Aayog the state is suffering a loss of about Rs 20,000 crore. We will raise this issue in the Parliament. We condemn the police action in the JNU incident. If it comes for debate in the Parliament we will participate in it,” said spokesperson of the BJD Parliamentary Party Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo.
All the 25 MPs of the party from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were present at the meeting.