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Naveen meets governor
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik met governor Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare at Raj Bhavan on Friday evening, fuelling speculation about a possible ministry reshuffle. When asked by reporters, Naveen, however, maintained silence on this issue. After women and child development minister Pramila Mallick resigned from her post in the wake of the dal scam, speculations were rife that Naveen would soon induct a new minister in her place.
The four-year old regional political outfit Samrudha Odisha on Friday criticised the state government for its failure to take drastic action against those involved in the dal scam. Party president Jatish Chandra Mohanty said if his party came to power, it would wipe out poverty from the state in five years. “We asked to give us four blocks so that we can initiate developmental works. Out of fear, government has refused to take any decision on this regard. We are also prepared to take up blocks in Maoists-affected areas,” he said. The party also roped in 26 intellectuals from different fields who would act as resource person for the party.
Governor Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare, who is also chancellor of the state’s universities, on Friday reviewed the progress of various works of all universities and advised them to take necessary steps for the completion of pending works — both infrastructural and academic — in a time bound manner. In a marathon meeting with the vice chancellors of all universities of the state, the governor-cum-chancellor reviewed the progress of “Gyanalok”, his pet project in which the universities adopt villages and through their NSS wings spread literacy, education, awareness and bring back dropouts to schools.
Students under the banner of National Students Congress of India on Friday sat on a dharna before the government autonomous college at Panposh near Rourkela demanding cut in fees. The students alleged that there had been an undue hike in the fee by the college management and demanded immediate steps to bring it down.
In order to eradicate lymphatic filariasis, the state government is all set to start this years’ mass drug administration for this year from March 10. The programme has been running in the state since 2004. Health workers and volunteers will go to each house to distribute the medicines. Those who fail to take medicines on March 10 can avail the medicines again on March 11 and 12, said a government release.
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