Bhubaneswar: Claiming that UPA government
has all along been "supportive and sympathetic" towards
Odisha, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday told Congress
leaders that no injustice was done to the state as alleged by
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The prime minister stated this during an interaction
session with a selected group of party leaders at Congress
Bhavan here, state Congress President Niranjan Patnaik
"The Centre has never done any injustice to Odisha.
Rather the UPA government is supportive to the state," another
party leader P Harichandan said quoting the prime minister.
To party leaders` allegation against the Naveen
Patnaik government in the state about misuse and diversion of
central funds, the prime minister said he was aware of
everything happening in the state.
"The prime minister advised party leaders to monitor
proper implementation of certain flagship programmes like
PMGSY, MGNRGA and others," he said adding that Dr Singh had
assured to take proper action at appropriate time if
allegations were proved.
Former minister Narashingha Mishra, who drew attention
of the prime minister towards delay in granting permission by
the law ministry for opening two circuit benches of the High
Court, Dr Singh assured that he would take up the matter with
the ministry, he said.
When the party leaders drew attention of the prime
minister stating that the ruling BJD was taking mileage in
absence of special grant for the poverty stricken KBK region,
the PM said "The KBK issue is very much in my mind."
In a 7-page memorandum to the prime minister, OPCC
demanded CBI probe into a series of scandals like mining scam,
coal scam, Dal scam, land scam and alleged corruption in key
central flagship programmes. The party also demanded extension
of the CBI probe into MGNREGA to the entire state.
"We have also demanded formulation of a special
central economic package for the tribal and Maoist prone
districts of the state," said OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik.
The nine-point charter of demands made by OPCC
included appointment of central monitoring committees to
monitor implementation of Centre`s flagship programmes,
sanction of an IIM, an IIIT, a central Tribal university in a
tribal district, establishment of permanent bench of Orissa
High Court in western and southern parts of the state and
enhance mining royalty.
"We have also demanded provision of higher allocation
for railway network and timely completion of the projects,"
Harichandan said while describing the rail scenario in the