Naveen Pulls Up Centre for Step-Motherly Attitude towards Odisha

Bhubaneswar, March 05: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik hit out at the Centre alleging the step-motherly attitude towards the state. He said that the state has been doing better performance in everything as compared to others, but always becomes the victim of centre's apathy.

Addressing a function on the 99th birth anniversary of former chief minister Biju Patnaik, his father, Patnaik criticised the central government for the disappointing Union Budget in which there is no special package for Odisha or for the Nabakalebar rituals of Lord Jagannath.

The state has been victim of natural calamities many times but the special packages were announced for West Bengal and Bihar.

Even though, the Centre has been talking about the federal structure, unfortunately, it plays discriminatory politics. The development could not be possible without central assistance in Odisha, but the state receives nothing in return even though generating more revenue for the country. The Centre appreciated the state for managing the fiscal deficit, but the share was reduced in the 14th finance commission.

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