Thursday, February 1, 2007

28th August 2006: PM visited Orissa; Did Orissa lose Rs. 3250 crores because of that?

On 28th August 2006 PM Manmohan Singh visited Orissa and announced the establishment of NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research), which now has a budget of Rs. 750 crores. The same day Union minister of State of Human Resources of Development Mr. Fatmi announced in Patna that one of the greenfield IITs will be in Orissa. The budgets of the greenfield IITs are Rs 4000 crores each. It seems some officials at MHRD used the NISER in Bhubaneswar announcement as an excuse to remove Orissa from the list of IITs. Thus the Prime minister’s visit to Orissa has cost Orissa Rs 3250 crores.

Orissa is not greedy. Orissa will be happy if it is granted a Rs 3250 crore IIT instead of the Rs4000 crore IIT the other three states are getting.

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