Odisha Govt Files a Petition on Formation of Tribunal over the Mahandi River Water Issue

New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi here in New Delhi on Monday. Talking to the reporters after the meeting he said that the state government has filed a complaint petition before the Ministry under Section 3 of Interstate River Dispute Act for formation of tribunal and direction to Chhattisgarh government to stop construction of ongoing projects on upper Mahanadi. He also added that he has taken up the Polavaram issue with the Prime Minister.

Among other issues CM Patnaik said to have discussed with PM Modi on the issue of demonetization. It was learnt that the CM has put forth a request to permit District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) to exchange and accept the specified bank notes. Also exempt tribal people living in the scheduled areas from submission of PAN to make deposits above Rs 50,000 in specified notes and allow women Self Help Groups (SHGs) to fully operate their bank accounts without any restrictions.

Chief Minister Patnaik is also said to have requested the Prime Minister to issue directives to Scheduled Commercial Banks to open Brick and Mortar Bank branches in all 4401 unbanked Gram Panchayats (GPs) of Odisha by March, 2019, ensure availability of at least 12-14 days of cash requirements with the bank branches in the state especially of Rs 100 and Rs 500 currency notes and start Mobile bank and temporary counters in rural areas to facilitate transactions in unbanked areas.

Among other demands the chief minister has asked the Prime Minister to restore the earlier annual adjustment process of releasing State’s Share in Central taxes for providing adequate liquidity to implement Centrally sponsored State Plan schemes.  And also requested for release of the balance capital cost of Rs 397 crore for the five new Medical Colleges and release of the balance Central Share of Rs 260 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhijan (RUSA) with immediate effect.

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