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Nalco, Rourkela Steel Plant back out from Aahar Scheme

Bhubaneswar, March 30: The Odisha government will think of other alternatives to execute the Aahar programme announced for poor people in urban areas to provide lunch at Rs 5 as two other sponsors NALCO and RSP have denied to extend financial support for the scheme.

After Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) that backed out from the scheme, National Aluminium Company (NALCO) and Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) decided not to contribute to the programme, which will be launched on April 1.

The government saw no hurdles in twin city Cuttack and Bhubaneswar to execute the scheme as Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) will take care of this. The company has signed an agreement with the government to provide financial aid for the programme.

Also Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) and Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) have been roped in for the scheme in Sambalpur and Rourkela respectively. Tata Steel will provide aid for the scheme in Berhampur.

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