Thursday, May 24, 2007

Janashakti demands IIT in Orissa

Janashakti to launch stir against Centre’s apathy
The New Indian Express, Thursday May 24 2007 13:06 IST

BHUBANESWAR: The Bharatiya Janashakti Party’s State unit has decided to launch a Statewide agitation against the UPA Government at the Centre for ignoring the State Government demand for an IIT.

Addressing media persons here on Wednesday, State unit president Aurobinda Dhali said the change of stand of the UPA Government at the eleventh hour by denying Orissa an IIT is deplorable. The State which is poised for rapid industrialisation deserves an IIT.

Besides, the State has hardly any institute of national importance while other States have many, he added.

Dhali also flayed the Centre for not providing funds for the Netaji Subas Bose All India Institute of Medical Sciences for which the State Government had already allotted land. He blamed the previous NDA Government for not making any budgetary provision for the six AIIMS after making the announcement.

The party has decided to organise a rally in the city to protest the Centre’s apathy to the State and send a memorandum to the President through the Governor soon. District-level rallies will also be organised, he said.

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