New Delhi: While attending the 5th Governing Council meeting of Niti Aayog in Delhi today, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik proposed that natural calamity status be included as a criteria for granting “Special Category” status to Odisha.
“As an interim measure, States hit by major natural calamities may be declared as ‘Special Focus States’ and granted benefits of Special Category Status for a specific period,” the CM said at the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
CM Naveen also apprised the Centre about the large-scale devastation and massive losses in the state caused by Cyclone Fani which hit the State on May 3. He stressed that the primary sector especially agriculture has to be always taken care of. “Judicious utilisation of water resources holds the key and Second Green Revolution should happen in our dryland areas,” the CM added