Naveen unleashes tirade against Centre over ‘discriminatory politics’

Bhubaneswar: Unleashing a tirade against the Central government for its discriminatory attitude towards Odisha, chief minister Naveen Patnaik today alleged that despite acknowledging better performance, the Center continues to neglect the State.

While addressing a public function organized to mark the 99th birth anniversary of former chief minster and his late father Biju Patnaik, the CM said, “Odisha has achieved noticeable progress in fiscal management. However, even after acknowledging such efforts, the Central government has reduced the State’s share in the 14th Finance Commission.”

Though a special package was announced for West Bengal and Bihar, Odisha was ignored. It can only be justified as discriminatory politics, he said.

Highlighting the fact that though tribal population in the State is almost 25 per cent, no assistance is being provided for their uplift, Patnaik said, “We have to raise voice against this injustice.”

Retorting on the CM’s jibe, Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the State government has to point out specific areas where it has been neglected by the Centre. The State will receive more funds under the revised mining royalty mechanism and the 14th Finance Commission, he added.