Odisha Govt had signed MoUs with Seashore, Minister admits

Bhubaneswar, Dec 03: The Odisha government on Wednesday admitted that five MoUs had been signed with Seashore Group of Companies, that has allegedly duped thousands of depositors in the state.

Replying to two separate questions asked by Chandrasekhar Majhi and Pradip Purohit in the House, Tourism and Culture minister Ashok Panda said the state government had signed MoUs with the Seashore group for development of five tourist destinations at Atri, Ranipur-Jharial, Nrushinghnath, Harishankar and the Boating Club at Cuttack.

The MoUs entrusted the development and management of the panthasalas at these places to the Seashore group, the minister said.

Giving reply to another question by BJP member Dilip Ray, Cooperation minister Damodar Rout said the state government had also signed a MoU with the Seashore in the Cooperative sector for revival and development of three defunct cold storages in Cuttack, Hindol and Dhenkanal on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode.

However, the government had cancelled the MoU with the Seashore after the company failed to renovate these three cold storages in the state.

Rout also informed the House that the files relating to the MoUs have been sent to CBI for the probe.

The latest information provided by the ministers would give another stuff to the opposition parties to criticise the government for its alleged links with the chit fund firms in the scam.

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