Special status still a distant dream for Odisha
The Planning Commission`s statement on the special category state status to Odisha came barely three days after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made a demand before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit on January 3.
Patnaik had said Odisha deserved to be accorded the special category state status in view of its large population of scheduled tribe and scheduled caste population. Ahluwalia, however, said: "We receive requests from different states. I cannot respond to the matters state by state. As of now, we are not considering any such status for Odisha."