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Odisha may attend Niti Aayog programme if its conditions are

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

today said it may participate in the Centre's Aspirational District Programme if the Aayog, which is implementing it, agrees to the state's conditions and allows changes.

Aayog is implementing the programme to scale up development in 115 districts of the country. had initially rejected the programme.

"If the Aayog agrees to our conditions and allows change in the chosen districts, we have no reasons to reject the programme," S B Behera told reporters here.

The A P in his letter to the Chief Executive Officer, said, "If the views of the on the issue of selection of districts, selection of Prabhari Officers and monitoring mechanism for district visit are accepted by NITI Aayog and Government of India, then it may be possible to jointly work in this area".

said he has written stating that the chief minister has given green signal to join the programme in which nine districts are needed to be included along with separate funds for these districts.

Earlier eight districts from Odisha had been identified and listed as "backward" by the NITI Aayog. Those districts were Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Balangir and Dhenkanal.

However, the wants that Nabarangpur and Nuapada be included in the in the "backward" district list and Dhenkanal be deleted from it.

Odisha is among three states which raised objection to the manner in which the Centre chose the districts and engaged officers without consulting it. The other two are West Bengal and

The in its conditions has also demanded allocation of more funds for the most backward districts.

The Odisha government changed its stand on the programme after the recent visit of NITI Aayog to the state and his meeting with

The Odisha government has also provided a fresh panel for appointment of 'prabhari officers', while rejecting the earlier list prepared by the NITI Aayog.

has said after the fresh appointment of these officers they will work jointly with the secretaries nominated by the for each identified districts.

The state government has also said as of now the Aspirational District Programme has not been backed by any financial commitment for uplift of the districts.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 21:15 IST