Odisha reiterates Mahanadi tribunal demand at Delhi meet

November 25, 2017: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday reiterated the
State Government’s demand to constitute a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi
water dispute with Chhattisgarh at the earliest.
The CM, who
attended the 12th Standing Committee of Inter-State Council meeting in New
Delhi chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, also drew the attention of
the meeting about the adverse effect of the ongoing construction works being
undertaken by the neighbouring State on Odisha and demanded immediate halt of
all ongoing construction activities in Mahanadi basin in Chhattisgarh for
protecting the livelihood of the people of Odisha.
CM Raman Singh also attended the meeting was seated next to Patnaik.
when asked by media persons whether he took up the issue personally with Raman Singh,
Patnaik said he did not get time to discuss the issue with his Chhattisgarh
Patnaik also
vehemently demanded an immediate halt of ongoing Polavaram Multipurpose Dam
Project in Andhra Pradesh as it would affect the Odisha’s interest. The CM also
argued to increase the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy from Rs 1,470 to
Rs 2,930 per quintal and
He also
demanded immediate implementation of MM Punchhi Commission Recommendations on
Centre-State Relations for a healthy federal structure of functioning and raised
issues concerning left wing extremism (LWE) and sought more Central assistance
and deployment of paramilitary forces to check the spread of the Maoists in the
The meeting
of the Committee was attended by the Union Ministers of Finance and Corporate
Affairs Arun Jaitley; Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot, the
Chief Minister (CM) of Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh, Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), Vasundhara
Raje Scindia (Rajasthan) and Manik Sarkar (Tripura) as members.
Ravi Shankar
Prasad, Union Minister for law and Justice, Hardeep S Puri, Union Minister of
State for Housing and Urban Development were present as special invitees.
States of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh were represented by their
of 30 Union Ministries/Departments and seven State Governments were also
present to assist the Committee in its deliberations.

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