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Patnaik seeks Rs 5,228 cr to deal with cyclone Fani damage
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Patnaik seeks Rs 5,228 cr to deal with cyclone Fani damage
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New Delhi, June 16 (TIWN) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday proposed that natural calamities should be a criteria for according Special Category Status to states, while asking for Rs 5,228 crore aid in wake of the huge devastation caused by cyclone Fani to public infrastructure, property and livelihoods of the people in the state.

 "During the period 1900 to 2019, the state has experienced one or other disaster like flood, cyclone or drought every year. These natural calamities pose a serious challenge to our economic development. Therefore I propose that 'natural calamity' should be included as a criteria for according Special Category Status to Odisha." 

As an interim measure, he said that all states hit by major calamities may be declared as "Special Focus States" and granted benefits of Special Category Status for a specific period. 
 
"This will not only help Odisha but any other state which is hit by a major natural calamity," Patnaik said. 
 
He apprised the Governing Council that Odisha has come a long way - from a poverty-stricken state to a one which showed the highest reduction of poverty among major states in a decade; from a food-deficient state to a rice-surplus state and one of the largest 
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