I welcome you all to this important meeting being held virtually before the forthcoming Parliament Session.
The daughter of Odisha Smt. Draupadi Murmu has been nominated to the highest office of our country. It is indeed a matter of honour and pride for our state. On behalf of the people of Odisha and BJD, we need to extend our full support to her candidature in the Presidential Election to be held on 18th July.
In course of my meeting with the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 30th May at New Delhi, I have discussed several issues concerning the State’s interest and sought the support of the Central Government on all the issues. I would impress upon all of you to take up all the pending issues with the concerned ministries so that these are sorted out in a time bound manner.
Recently, I have written letters to the Hon’ble Prime Minister on evacuation of 5 lakh MT of surplus fortified parboiled rice from the state for the KMS 21-22, on withdrawal of export duty on the below 58% grade ore and pellets, sanction of 1.84 lakh PMAY (G) (Special Houses) to the cyclone Fani affected families and to migrate 5.09 lakh data from the R.H. Portal to PWL through Awaas+ and to the Union Finance Minister on exemption of DMF trust from the purview of Income Tax from 2022-23 onwards. All the above issues need to be pursued with the Union Government.
Our proposal for speeding up of pending railway projects in the state, implementation of the Swaminathan Committee recommendations on minimum support price for paddy in the interest of our farmers, 33% reservation for women in both Assembly and Parliament, constitution of Odisha Legislative Council, our demand for Special Category Status and inclusion of ‘Ho’ language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution needs to be followed up and pursued vigorously.
We are neglected in matters of Railways, Banking, Tele density, Payment of Coal royalty and clean energy cess and the construction of Coastal Highway. All the above critically important issues concerning the interest of Odisha need to be raised in the Parliament.
Thank you all,
Bondey Utkal Janani
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