Who could believe that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s cousins Dilip Patnaik and Rekha Patnaik are living lives of utter neglect. Yes, OTV on Monday exposed the sheer plight with which the cousin brother and sister of CM Naveen Patnaik are spending the dusk of their lives.
Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi and Odisha BJP Chief Manmohan Samal’s complaint with the Centre against 5T secretary VK Pandian, and the subsequent letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) asking the Odisha government to take necessary action against the ‘erring’ IAS officer, seem to have opened the flood gates of accusations and counter accusations thereby heating up the state politics before the 2024 general election.
After losing his ministerial berth, the legislator for the first time opened up at the groundbreaking ceremony of Arjun College at Kadaligarh in Rairakhol where he attended as the chief guest.
Has Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik authorized a secretary-level bureaucrat to go around announcing projects in different parts of Odisha while the elected MLAs, MPs and Ministers are either onlookers or absent in those meetings? Sarangi questioned.
Sources said that Rohit Pujari has been excluded owing to the alleged poor performance of the Higher Education Department which was reviewed by the CM himself.
Yesterday, the Chief Secretary had given us written assurance to resolve our grievances within three months. But not a single member is happy over such assurance. We will continue with our agitation until the Odisha government makes an announcement in this regard.”
Making a statement in Odisha Assembly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the state government has decided to seek the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States of America for behavioural analysis of the main accused Gopal Das.
Stating that it is a historic occasion for Odisha, Patnaik said Jajpur was the ancient capital of Odisha. With its existing assets of religious tourism, urban tourism and Buddhist tourism, it has the potential to be a major tourist hub. The cultural heritage of Jajpur is reflected in its vibrant art forms.
On Thursday, CM Patnaik tweeted, “Birsa Munda Stadium, world’s biggest hockey stadium is now a reality in just 15 months… I am sure it will emerge as the best venue for field hockey in the world.”
Muktikant Biswal, who reached Bhubaneswar on padyatra from Rourkela by covering a distance of 530 km last week to press for his unfulfilled demands, climbed the hoarding installed at Sishu Bhawan Square in the capital city.
The uproarious situation forced Speaker Bikram Keshari Arukha to adjourn the House till 11.30 am.
Naveen’s move to visit Padampur assumes significance as it comes in the wake of BJD’s defeat in Dhamnagar Assembly by-election that concluded recently.
The movie starring Ollywood actors Babushaan and Dipanwit Dashmohapatra in the lead roles received a tremendous response from the audience and has been roaring at the box office.
Over three dozen of them have been given various posts as Chairpersons, Advisors and Vice-Chairman to different Boards, Councils and Departments.
With no children to pass his wealth and fortune on, there have been several speculations on who will finally take over his chair.
Odisha Minister Courts Controversy, ‘Compares’ Naveen Patnaik With Lord Jagannath
Acharya also took a dig at CM Patnaik and said that apart from creating ruckus at Delhi airport, common people faced huge problems after Patnaik returned to Bhubaneswar as BJD workers and leaders hit the roads to welcome the CM, which created traffic chaos.
However, soon after the announcement, the state today witnessed a political slugfest over the same with the Opposition terming it a sponsored one.
In order to ensure timely payment of wages, whenever there is a delay in receipt of funds from the central government towards the payment of -wage liabilities, the state government has created a Revolving Fund' for payment of wages to the Job card holders within the stipulated time as a contingent measure, Patnaik pointed out.
Briefing about the implementation of various central schemes in Odisha, he said the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, through Ambedkar Foundation, is providing Rs 2.5 lakh for inter-caste marriages while the Odisha government too has a similar scheme but there is a need to promote it on a higher scale.