Naveen to raise KBK issue at NDC meet



Bhubaneswar: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will demand special grant for the undeveloped KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) region at the National Development Council (NDC) meeting tomorrow.

"Among several issues, I will seek more funds for KBK region, road connectivity and irrigation in the state," Patnaik told reporters before leaving for Delhi to the meet.

He is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, sources said. The Prime Minister would chair the NDC meeting to be attended by chief ministers of different states.

Stating that KBK region required more funding to improve infrastructure and socio-economic condition of the tribal inhabitants there, Patnaik said the Centre's grant of Rs 250 crore under RLTAP (Revised Long Term Action Plan) was inadequate.

Orissa is deprived of adequate railway network and road connectivity must be expanded in order to ensure overall development, he said.

PTI