Naveen woos students ahead of Rahul Gandhi`s visit to colleges

Ahead of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi`s proposed interactive sessions with college students, Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik on Sunday called upon student community to protest against the Centre`s "anti-Orissa policies."

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 21:57 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of Congress leader
Rahul Gandhi`s proposed interactive sessions with college
students on Wednesday, Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik on Sunday
called upon student community to protest against the Centre`s
"anti-Orissa policies."

"I called upon the students to protest the Centre`s
anti-Orissa policies," Patnaik told a workshop attended by
hundreds of college students from across the state.

Highlighting his government`s achievements, Patnaik
said the "Centre is putting spoke on Orissa`s development."

Had the Centre revised royalty on minerals in time,
particularly on iron ore, the state could have got Rs 70,000
crore during the last five years, the chief minister said
adding that his government`s efforts to bring down the rate of
poverty in the state had been a success.

"About 7.25 per cent of poverty has been reduced in
the state," Patnaik told the workshop organised by the youth
wing of the ruling BJD.

PTI