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Odisha CM leaves for Delhi today to attend Inter-State Council meeting

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar, July 14: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will leave on a four-day visit to New Delhi on Thursday afternoon.

He is scheduled to attend the inter-State Council meeting to be presided over by the Prime Minister on July 16 (Saturday). On July 15, Patnaik scheduled to meet some Central Ministers to discuss some State related issues. He is expected to return on July 17.

The Inter-State Council meeting is being held after a gap of 10 years.

Apart from economic and social planning of the states, the inter-State relations, internal security and other issues would be debated at the Council meeting. The Chief Minister is expected to raise the construction of barrage over Mahanadi by Chhattisgarh Government, release of pending drought dues and more assistance to the State Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana in the meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the chairman of the Inter-State Council, whereas Chief Ministers of all the States are the members.

Sources said Patnaik along with Chief Secretary AP Padhi will participate in the meeting. This is the 11th meeting of the Inter-State Council, which was established under Article 263 of the Constitution in 1990. The last meeting of the Council was held in 2006 during UPA regime.

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