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Pradhan asks Patnaik to reconsider decision on backward dists

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Dharmendra today urged to reconsider his government's decision of opting out of the Centre's scheme to develop backward districts.

In a letter to Patnaik, said the eight districts of Rayagada, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Bolangir, Koraput and Malkangiri should be included in the list of 115 backward districts of the country.

"of the should be built as a pioneering state by rising above political considerations," the said.

Political differences should not come in the way of efforts aimed at development and welfare of common people, youths, women, Dalits, backward communities and tribals, the leader, who hails from Odisha's district, said.

The also sent a video link of Prime Minister Modi's interaction with the collectors and officers-in-charge of the other backward districts and requested the to watch it.

The is of the view that the dream of a developed cannot become a reality without developing the eastern region of the country, he said, adding that has a prominent role in this vision.

"Therefore, we should start this mass movement in 2018. It is our responsibility and duty to build a new and a new Odisha by 2022," he said in the letter.

also sent a similar letter to Odisha Chief Secretary A P Padhi and requested him to forward the video link of the PM's address to the collectors of all districts and senior officers.

The BJD, in its response, said the state will consider Pradhan's suggestions.

Pradhan is a and his suggestion will be examined by the state government, Sasmit Patra.

The Odisha had recently opposed the Centre's action of appointing IAS officers as Prabhari (in-charge) officers in eight most-backward districts of the state for addressing the developmental needs of the people there.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 20:55 IST