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CM Patnaik asked PM Modi to fulfill aspirations of Western Odisha for Air Connectivity

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to instruct Air India (AI) authorities to begin flight operations between the state’s Jharsuguda city and the national capital. The air services at the airport have been suspended since November 6, 2018.

Letter to PM for Jharsuguda Airport

Letter to PM for Jharsuguda Airport

In a letter written to the Prime Minister, Patnaik requested for having Veer Surendra Sai Airport at Jharsuguda as a stopover for one of the national carrier’s flights from Bhubaneswar to Delhi.

“It may be noted that Jharsuguda is located strategically in the industrial and mining belt of Odisha, and is a critical point of connectivity to western Odisha. During the inauguration of Jharsuguda Airport on September 22, I had offered full support of state government for running of commercial flights and had requested for commencing Air India flight operations from Jharsuguda to Delhi,” he said in the letter.

Air Odisha had started flying operations under RCS-UDAN. Unfortunately, it suspended its operations on November 6, 2018, without any valid reason, said the Chief Minister.

CM Naveen Patnaik asked to PM Narendra Modi for instructing Air India Authorities to take immediate steps for fulfilling the aspiration of the people of Western Odisha  to have air connectivity.

Union Minister asked CM to provide safe water in Bargarh

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan asked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to provide safe water and take steps for mitigating the problem of contaminated water faced by residents of Bargarh and adjoining areas. A letter to CM Naveen Patnaik wrote by Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Pradhan said with no access to piped water, people are forced to use water from the dug wells for drinking and other purposes. Pradhan requested Naveen to make necessary allocation in the State budget accordingly towards provision of safe water to the residents of the area. He said the matter may also be taken up with the World Bank for a loan agreement to help increase access to water supply service in Bargarh areas.

 

“I urge you to look into the matter for a favourable consideration of the above request in order to mitigate the problem of contaminated water and benefitting people by directly providing safe water,”  Pradhan said.

 

 

Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018

On Thursday,  Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Center should immediately fulfill the just demands of the state for a daily Rajdhani to Delhi via Sambalpur and a new pair of trains to Allahabad and Mumbai.

In his reaction on the Budget for the railway sector, CM said that his government is expecting that the just demands of the state like daily Rajdhani services via Sambalpur, a train to Allahabad from Balangir and a new daily express train to Mumbai in the name of Paika leader Baxi Jagabandhu will be announced immediately.

“Odisha contributes a major chunk of the Indian Railways’s earning and it is natural that it should get its due share,“ the CM said, adding, “While the outlay for Odisha in the railway sector is yet to be known, we hope this year the allotment will be made as per our demand.”

Odisha CM demands more trains in current Railway Budget 2018

 

The CM said that spending by Railways in Odisha is worrisome. “The actual expenditure by Railways in Odisha is low and it is expected to be below 60 per cent of the Budget outlay for the entire year, similar to the trends in the recent past, which is worrisome.”

Further the CM lamented, “Announcements were made on re-development of 600 railway stations. Two years ago the announcement was made for 400 stations, but nothing has happened in this sector, especially for Odisha.”

He said though the state government has offered to make the Bhubaneswar railway station a world class station funded by the state and on state government land, Railways has not come forward to sign the MoU in this connection.

Bijepur bypoll: BJD candidate Rita Sahu to file nomination paper on 5th February

Bijepur bypoll: BJD Candidate Rita Sahu

Rita Sahu wife of late Congress sitting MLA Subal Sahu will file her nomination on 5h Februry as a BJD Candidate. As she is the appropriate candidate for the most awaited Bjijepur bypoll election in Bargarh District.

The party declared this after BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired a high-level meeting at Naveen Niwas to prepare party’s strategies ahead of the bypoll.

Senior party leaders including Prasanna Acharya, Debi Prasad Mishra, Prasanta Nanda, Pranab Prakash Das, party observer for Bargarh district Prafulla Mallick and canditate Rita Sahu attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, some Sarpanchs and Panchayat Samiti members along with 50 congress and BJP workers from Gaisilat Block of the district joined the BJD today.

Speaking to media persons, Naveen said “I am very happy that the Sarpanchs and Panchayat Samiti members along with 50 leaders from Congress party belonging to Bijepur Assembly Constituency have joined BJD. Their joining will strengthen our party. I welcome them”.

The Bijepur by-poll will be held on February 24. The by-poll was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA Subal Sahu on August 22, 2017.

Maoist situation remains challeging: Chief Minister

Maoist situation remains challenging in eight major districts of the state, how ever there has been a substantial improvement in the situation in other districts.

In a written reply to Congress member Naba Kishore Das in the Assembly today, Patnaik named the eight districts as Malkangiri, Koraput, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Bolangir, Bargarh and Angul.

The chief minister told the Assembly that as many as 13 districts were hit by the LWE violence since 2007 which included Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Jajpur and Dhenkanal.

However, Patnaik said the LWE situation in Gajapati, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Nuapada, Bodh, Nayagarh, Deogarh and Sundergarh was under control.

He said there has been no incidents of Maoist violence reported from Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Nabarangpur and Ganjam districts so far.

Patnaik, while making a statement in the Assembly on December 8, had said there was substantial improvement in the LWE scenario in the state.

“Improvement of police infrastructure, recruitment of armed personnel, specialised training and a progressive policy of surrender and rehabilitation have led to substantial improvement in the situation,” Patnaik had said.

The state has, meanwhile, requested the Centre to send additional central forces to be deployed in areas prone to Maoist violence.