Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday demanded special category status be provided to Odisha to fuel the state's growth and sought the Centre's cooperation for overall development of the eastern region.
Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said the Centre is in favour of granting Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh and is in the process of finding out ways to fulfil the demand even as the Opposition parties in the state has upped the ante on the issue.
After Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi made a strong pitch for grant of "special category" status to Andhra Pradesh and accused the state government of not pushing the matter seriously, the Chief Minister has said that he was confident of getting it operationalised with the help of Centre.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to retain Special Category status for all northeastern states, emphasising that any cut in central assistance will adversely impact welfare schemes and infrastructure development.
Assam Legislative Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution requesting the Centre to continue with the Special Category status for the state, ensuring larger share of central assistance to various schemes.
Citing the relative backwardness of Odisha and the Polavaram project, which in its present form would severly affect tribal population, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday stepped up the demand for special category status for his state.
Odisha does not have any "special disadvantage" to get special category status and it should focus on "other windows" to get more assistances from the Centre, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said.