By D N Singh
Chief minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik, was almost in the focus at the interaction with the Prime Minister’s meet on Saturday by pressing on certain points those became the centrepiece of the deliberation today.
Taking a stark departure from the course he is usually known for, Patnaik was strongly specific to underscore a few points that bothers the state of Odisha.
Firm and demanding was his tone over the ‘Special Focus State ‘ as he went ahead to make the centre feel that, the issue is long drawn and is very necessary for a state like Odisha.
That was a pitch perfect interpretation by the CM when he took to the issue of the natural disasters those remain a perennial feature for the state resulting in several damages in many ways. But the attention towards the state is sometimes much more wanting in essence.
Patnaik who obviously had played a pioneering role in upholding the cause of women in every sphere including in the legislative structure tried to remind the centre that it should be binding on the Centre to give the required attention to the women’s issues. Besides he stressed for nutrition, communication and various other aspects.
Further the chief minister didn’t mince words to express his displeasure that, any developmental activities which relate to people’s welfare, is sadly perceived politically which plays a deterrent role. Everything that the states do should not be construed politically. Which is detrimental to the nation’s progress.
He also reiterated that the central allocation for Odisha often fall short of expectations.
The chief minister made it a point that the center must have its attention on giving some regional languages the due recognition during the next phase.
Whenever it is the cause of the state, the CM has remained unsparing in his stance and so did he in his interaction with the Prime Minister.
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DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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