Sunday, December 11, 2005


Statesman: Bengal’s NIS offer

Statesman News ServiceKENDRAPARA, Dec. 11. —

The West Bengal government would extend all support to Orissa on the National Institute of Sciences (NIS) issue and Left Front MPs may take it up with the Prime Minister's Office,the West Bengal minister, Mr Suryakanta Misra, declared here today. Talking to The Statesman, the minister, however, refused to delve further into the controversy over the alleged shifting of the proposed NIS project from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata. He refuted the charge that the UPA government was being forced to shift the project to Kolkata under pressure from the Left parties.

Since the matter is sub-judice with a PIL pending before the Orissa High Court it's not prudent to comment on the controversy, Mr Misra,who was here to attend the two-day state level conference of farmers, said.

As the country's eastern region lags behind in the sphere of science and technology development, why can such institutes be not established both at Bhubaneswar and Kolkata, he asked before adding that If required, the Left Front MPs would take up Orissa's interest with the PMO.

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