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Tag: Damodar Rout

Make Prasanna Acharya BJD in-charge for Bijepur bypoll: Damodar Rout

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader and Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today suggested the name of Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Acharya as party in-charge for the upcoming Bijepur bypoll. Speaking to media men, Rout said Acharya belongs to Bijepur constituency and is well-acquainted with the area. Had he not been elected to the Rajya Sabha, he would […]

BJP hits out at BJD for underdevelopment in Odisha  

Bhubaneswar: BJP National General Secretary Anil Jain today lashed out at Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government saying that its inactiveness and corrupt policies have led to underdevelopment in the state. “Odisha government is inactive and embroiled in utter corruption. Central funds and schemes are not being implemented in the state. Social evil like malnutrition is inflicting […]

Dharmendra tags Naveen as arrogant; Dama counters him

Bhubaneswar: Hitting out at CM Naveen Patnaik for his false propaganda jibe against Opposition parties, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan today came down heavily tagging him as an ‘arrogant leader’. “It’s quite natural that a person becomes arrogant after remaining in power for a long time. It is not an exception in […]

Ambassador car in Naveen's 50 cr assets

Bhubaneswar: The net worth of Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik’s assets is around Rs 50 crore which includes an Ambassador car of 1980 model worth Rs 10,477, his properties declaration statement for 2016-17 said. He has total Rs 24.5 lakh cash in bank accounts including Rs 12,17,153 in Janpath branch of Bank […]

Annual income of Odisha farmers Rs 59,712: Survey report

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today said the per capita annual income of the farmers in the state was Rs 59,712 as per a survey report. Agriculture minister Damodar Rout said this while replying to a written question of BJP MLA Dilip Ray in the assembly. Rout said though there was no formal method to evaluate the farmers […]

Dama displeased over scheduled Naveen-Dharmendra meet

Bhubaneswar: A day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced his scheduled meeting with Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, his Cabinet minister Damodar Rout expressed resentment over the meeting to discuss issues related to Paradip Refinery. “He (Naveen) could have summoned him (Dharmendra) for discussion rather to meet him directly in Delhi. Naveen is the CM and […]

Ordered probe into cattle deaths before BJP raised issue: Damodar Rout

Bhubaneswar/Bargarh: Odisha Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Minister Damodar Rout said he had already directed an enquiry into cattle deaths due to Theileria disease before BJP leaders demanded a probe today. BJP leader Samir Mohanty had today alleged that cattle in the State are being given poisonous vaccines procured by the state government. Mohanty, in […]

Damodar Rout hints at cross voting in vice presidential polls

Bhubaneswar: Minister and senior BJD leader Damodar Rout today said MPs who ignored their party’s directive and voted for Venkaiah Naidu during Vice president poll in return of money, cannot be termed as politicians. Talking to media, Rout said he is not sure whether cross-voting has happened or not and members of which party were […]

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Odisha sets record with 1.98cr MT food grain production

Bhubaneswar: Odisha produced a record 1.98 crore metric tonne food grains last year, informed Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today. Talking to media persons after the Agriculture Cabinet meeting at the State Secretariat here, Rout said the record food grains harvested in the State includes 98.74 lakh metric tonne of rice. Fish production was up from […]

Dama flays chief secy for hailing IOCL over Dhamra gas project

Bhubaneswar: A day after the BJD attacked BJP for turning ‘Bhumi Pujan’ ceremony of Dhamra LNG terminal into a mere political programme, Chief Secretary AP Padhi today praised Centre’s move  to a set up the mega project in the State. Agriculture minister Damodar Rout has criticised Padhi for this move. In a letter to IOCL […]

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Odisha to have India's first 'Animal Blood Bank'

Bhubaneswar: Odisha will have India’s first blood bank for animals. The blood bank will be established on the premises of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) at an estimated cost of Rs 3.25 crore. At a function in OUAT here on Tuesday, VC Surendra Nath Pasupalak said the institution had earlier submitted a proposal […]

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Damodar lambasts Pinaki Mishra for statements on Baijayant Panda

Bhubaneswar: Minister and senior BJD leader Damodar Rout today slammed Puri MP Pinaki Mishra for becoming critical about Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda in a magazine interview. Talking to OTV, the minister said, “Pinaki, who had himself quit Congress and joined BJD later, should think whether it is right or wrong to issue statements on intra-party […]

Niali attacks: 3 more sheep dead; Dama says it could be hyena

Cuttack: Panic among locals in Niali area of the district continues as three more sheep were found dead under mysterious circumstances with liver of the animals missing at Alana in the block on Sunday night. Two other animals were injured, reports said. Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Minister Damodar Rout denied the report of a […]

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Damodar Rout 'dares' Dharmendra Pradhan to compete with him in election

Bhubaneswar: Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout today dared Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to take him on in the upcoming Odisha Assembly elections. The BJD veteran dared Pradhan while addressing a news conference during the party’s district level executive meet in Puri. After losing election by 25,000 votes, Pradhan fled to Bihar and was elected to Rajya […]

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Baijayant attack: BJP's Samir Mohanty questions police inaction

Bhubaneswar: Police inaction in the attack on Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda at Mahanga during an overhead water project inauguration has been fueling resentment among leaders cutting across party lines in the state. After Sajjan Sharma, BJP’s Samir Mohanty today questioned lack of action by the state government in the matter while BJD veteran Damodar Rout also […]

Agri min says will meet PM before June 30 on paddy MSP

Bhubaneswar: The House Committee today met to discuss the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy. Agriculture minister Damodar Rout said the state government will meet Prime Minister Modi by June 30 to discuss the MSP. During the meeting of the House Committee on paddy MSP, Rout said that the government will again try to get […]

Dama-Sulochana feud turns ugly as Congress hits street

Bhubaneswar: The quarrel between minister Damodar Rout and Congress spokesperson Sulochana Das took an ugly turn today after the women’s wing of the State Congress took to the streets in the Capital city demanding his resignation from the State Cabinet for allegedly disrespecting women. Around hundred women activists of the party took out a rally […]

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Odisha to bring new law to safeguard sharecroppers' interests

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government is likely to bring a new law in the next session of the State Assembly to safeguard the interests of sharecroppers, who are now deprived of several benefits meant for farmers, state Agriculture minister Damodar Rout said on Tuesday. Rout told reporters that the inter-ministerial committee formed by the state government […]

Naveen Patnaik
Go to villages, Naveen tells party men

Bhubaneswar: In retaliatory step to BJP’s booth capture strategy, BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today advised his party workers to remain in touch with the people and work for them continuously. “The BJD has been strengthened by the people who have voted for us in successive elections in last 17 years. We need […]

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Odisha seeking to denotify NHs to escape SC liquor ban

Bhubaneswar: After re-classifying all road sections under the Works department to escape the Supreme Court ban on liquor shops, the State government is likely to approach the Centre seeking denotification of the parts of National Highways passing through urban areas as Urban Roads. The State government, in its efforts to circumvent the order of the […]

BJD wrangles over Mahtab’s second column in media

Bhubaneswar: The second column of BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab criticising party leaders Damodar Rout and Surya Narayan Patro and claiming cracks in party today invited sharp reaction from BJD circles. Even the party president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik expressed displeasure over party leaders making such views in media. Talking to reporters, the BJD supremo […]

Bapi Sarkhel tags Dama Rout as conspirator in his arrest

Choudwar: Congress leader and top class contractor Bapi Sarkhel, who had remained behind bars for the last five months in connection with the murder of Seaways Shipping general manager Mahendra Swain in Paradip, today alleged that BJD vice-president and minister Damodar Rout is the main conspirator behind his arrest. “My prime political opponent Damodar Rout […]

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Dama Rout, a necessary ‘noise’ for an otherwise silent BJD

Unwittingly or intentionally, Minister Damodar Rout often gets stuck up in the foot-in-mouth syndrome. If not always, the septuagenarian-veteran in the field, is frequently in news for speaking his mind, even if that makes him vulnerable to flaks. On Wednesday, reacting to Agriculture Minister’s statement on CM Naveen Patnaik  considering waiving off farm loan, Rout […]

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Minister's remark on farm loan "incorrect" : Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said his senior minister Damodar Rout was “incorrect” on the farm loan waiver issue. “I do not think that (minister’s statement) is correct,” Patnaik said when the reporters sought his view on Rout’s reported statement in the media. The government, he said, was seriously considering the farm loan […]

Dama clarifies, says landlords, not farmers, spend crop loan for amusement

Bhubaneswar: A day after claiming that farmers are utilising the crop loans to marry off their daughters and consume liquor, Excise and Cooperation minister Damodar Rout today hushed up the matter by taking a complete different stance on his previous remarks. Clarifying his earlier version on misutilisation of farm loan, the veteran BJD leader said […]

Farmers spend agri loans to marry off daughters, consume alcohol: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: In a statement which could spell more trouble for the ruling BJD, senior party leader and Excise minister Damodar Rout on Wednesday said, the farmers are using agriculture loans for the marriage of their daughters. He too went on to say the major pie of the loan amount is spent on consuming alcohol. Rout […]

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IOCL ready for new agreement on Paradip Refinery project: Dharmendra

Bhubaneswar: Amid the ongoing dispute over VAT dues between the Odisha government and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the oil company is ready to sign a new agreement in the current situation. “I have written to the Chief Minister of Odisha mentioning that the current government at Centre […]

Damodar Rout against Puri Swargadwar relocation

Puri: In the wake of land grabbing allegations, even as the district administration has started vetting land records to ascertain the exact amount of land allotted to Swargadwar way back in 1899, Excise minister Damodar Rout on Friday spoke against relocation of the crematorium. The senior BJD leader stated religious sentiments of lakhs of people […]

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Odisha minister calls self "inefficient" & "helpless"

Bhubaneswar: Anguished over not being able to operate defunct sugar mills and cold storages in the state, Odisha minister Damodar Rout today called himself as “most inefficient” and “helpless” person in the government. “Do not ashame me by referring that I am most able minister in the state. I am, in fact, the most inefficient […]

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BJD in hassle over MP Mahtab Lauding Union PNG Minister

Bhubaneswar: BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab praising Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at a launch event of Urja Ganga Gas Pipeline Project in the Capital city yesterday has become a matter of concern for the ruling party in Odisha. While the BJD seriously opposes Pradhan, the speech of Mahtab has put the party […]

Milita Odisha Nisha Nibarana Abhijan
Anti-liquor body stages dharna before Excise Minister’s house

Bhubaneswar: Protesting against the renewal notice of liquor license, the Milita Odisha Nisha Nibarana Abhijan staged an indefinite dharna in front of the residence of Excise Minister Damodar Rout today demanding cancellation of the same. They alleged that the liquor license renewal notice for the year 2017-18 has been published in English language and only […]

BJP celebrates Holi
Odisha politicians celebrate Holi across State

Bhubaneswar: Festival of colours Holi was also celebrated with enthusiasm by politicians in the State with grand functions organised by activists in their respective party offices. Most excitement was seen in the BJP party office. Delighted upon the results of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the party celebrated Holi in a very pompous way. Senior leaders […]

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Odisha doesn't have an alternative to Naveen; BJP, Cong still on edge: Dama

Bhubaneswar: Veteran BJD leader and Excise Minister Damodar Rout, in view of the Uttar Pradesh election results, today said that people become discontented if a person or party rules for a long period of time and tend to change the government. However, the situation in Odisha is different, said Rout. He said that there is […]

No proposal for total prohibition, says Odisha Minister

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Excise Minister Damodar Rout on Wednesday said that there was no proposal for total prohibition in the state as it is not “a realistic step”. “The state government has no proposal to implement total prohibition. It is not a realistic step to declare the entire state as a total prohibition area,” Rout told […]

Odisha govt sets target to provide RuPay card to 11.40 lakh farmers by March

Bhubaneswar: Following the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convert Kisan Credit Card to RuPay cards, the Odisha government has set a target to provide RuPay card to 11.40 lakh farmers by March this year. Talking to media persons today, Cooperation minister Damodar Rout said the state government is bound to implement the RuPay […]

Coop banks mostly hit after demonetisation: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Cooperative banks in the state have been mostly affected due to the demonetisation, said Excise Minister Damodar Rout in the State Assembly here today. Replying to a question raised by Congress MLA Chiranjib Biswal, he said, “Following the demonetisation, cooperative banks in the country were barred from accepting and exchanging the demonetized Rs 500 […]

Bhartruhari row: Damodar says matter to subside if CM pleased with reply

Bhubaneswar: A day after BJD supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik sought an explanation from party MP from Cuttack Bhartruhari Mahtab for his recent statement on possible ties between BJD and Congress, vice president of the ruling party Damodar Rout on Saturday said if Patnaik asks any leader of the party to explain about his/her […]

Excise minister rules out blanket ban on liquor

Bhubaneswar: Excise minister Damodar Rout today said the State government has no plans to impose a blanket ban on liquor in the State. Talking to newsmen, Rout said, “We don’t have any proposal to put a complete ban on liquor. Keeping the lifestyle during the present day society in view, the blanket ban is not […]

OSCARD bank employees detained for trying to gherao minister’s residence

Bhubaneswar: Employees of Odisha State Cooperative Agricultural & Rural Development (OSCARD) bank were detained by police at Raj Bhawan square here while they were marching forward to gherao Cooperation minister Damodar Rout’s residence over their 3-point charter of demands including immediate release of pending salaries. They alleged salary of the employees of 46 OSCARD banks […]

Crop insurance to farmers within two weeks: Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today said arrangements are being made to provide crop insurance to the farmers affected by last year’s drought within two weeks even as opposition Congress walked out of the House in protest. “There has been a delay in payment of insurance amount to the affected farmers. The delay was mostly due to […]