Odisha trying ‘very hard’ to see Posco through: Naveen

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 13:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said his government has been trying ‘very hard’ to ensure setting up of the Rs 52,000 crore Posco steel plant near Paradip.

Naveen Patnaik

“I don’t think so. As you know, our government is trying very hard to see that the Posco project is set up,” Patnaik told reporters on his arrival here from New Delhi when asked if he apprehended that the South Korean steel major could close shop here in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

As Posco has been told to participate in the open bidding for iron ore mines in order to get raw material linkage after the enactment of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2015, Patnaik’s statement on the country’s biggest FDI proposal is significant.

Similarly, on the issue of the Land Acquisition Bill, Patnaik said his party’s stand will be clear in the Parliament. “You will know soon. Our stand will be very clear when it comes to the floor of the House,” Patnaik said.

On being pointed out on the issue of Centre stopping grant of funds for police modernization in the state, Patnaik said: “We will certainly see what can be done best.”

On being asked about the comments made by the DGP on stoppage of Central funds for police modernization, the Chief Minister said that will be examined.

“I will examine what is being said and will certainly see what we can do best for that,” Patnaik said.

Reacting on the allegation of a deal between the BJD and the BJP, the Chief Minister said it was completely incorrect and untrue. He said there has been no political deal between his party and the BJP. But he said he was hopeful of getting all support from the Centre in the interest of the state.

“That is absolutely untruthful and incorrect. There certainly is no political deal. But we do expect all support for the development of the state from the Central government,” said Patnaik.

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