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BJD to rake-up SCS status in Parliament session

 

Bhubaneswar: With a day away from the Winter Session of Parliament, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is all set to grill the Centre in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

As the election is round the corner, the ruling party in Odisha, in its effort to woe voters, has decided to rake up different pro-State issues during the session. In the blueprint prepared in the parliamentary party meeting held today under the chairmanship of BJD president and CM Naveen Patnaik, it gathered nine such issues including pro-longed demand for Special Category State (SCS) status to Odisha. Among other agendas, the MPs of the ruling party have also unanimously decided to rake up its demand for 33% reservation for women in Parliament and State Assemblies.

In the meeting, the BJD supremo also asked his MPs to push forward the farmers’ issue, compensation for cyclone Titli, slashing GST from 18% to 5% on kendu leaf, changing guidelines for scholarship to SC students, expediting railway projects in Odisha and inter-State river water dispute.

Rajya Sabha Member and BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb informed that Centre has delayed in providing cyclone assistance to State even after the Central team has already inspected the situation in affected areas.

On the BJD strategies, Union Minister Jual Oram said that the regional party is not serious about the subjects it wants to raise. The Centre is well prepared to reply them.

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