Thursday, July 13, 2006


Pioneer: Naveen wants KBK programme extended, urges PM (mentions NIS)

Naveen wants KBK programme extended, urges PM

Pioneer News Service | Bhubaneswar

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and reiterated Orissa Government's demand for extension of the KBK programme into the 11th Five-Year Plan. It may be noted that Government of India is considering to discontinue the programme after the 10th Five-Year Plan.

Patnaik informed the PM that the on-going Revised Long Term Action Plan (RLTAP) for KBK region, has had a positive impact on the living conditions of the people.

"The continuance of the programme is imperative to improve human development initiatives in the KBK region," he said.

Patnaik said the present programme has enabled major interventions at the regional level such as food security, health services, rural connectivity, literacy driver, which would not be possible under the new Backward Region Grant Fund Scheme.

Patnaik also requested the PM to clear the Vijayawada-Ranchi security corridor proposal, which has already been approved in principle by the Planning Commission and by the administrative ministries like Home and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The road would enhance the economic potential of the tribals. Chief Minister also took up the issue for establishment of a National Institute of Science in Bhubaneswar. He requested the Government to revive the proposal.

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