.........BHUBANESWAR: Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said Odisha has the potential to be the number one State in the country and the Narendra Modi Government is trying to achieve this.
Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a corruption-free Government during the last three years, Pradhan said in Odisha, families having cooking gas connection have increased to nearly 43 lakh from 20 lakh three years back. He said free LPG connection has been given to more than 19 lakh poor women during the last one year. A target has been fixed to increase the number of families in Odisha having LPG connection to 75-80 lakh.
Leader of BJP Legislature Party KV Singhdeo said top most priority given to deprived eastern Indian States including Odisha has virtually made the issue of Central neglect a thing of past. With just one MP from Odisha, the PM proved his affection for the people of the State by appointing two Ministers from Odisha in his Cabinet.
Singhdeo said Modi is the only PM of the country who has got himself involved personally in festivities and celebrations with people of Odisha.
May it be Rath Yatra or regional festivals like Nuakhai, Raja Parba, Sital Sasthi or Dhanu Yatra, Modi through his social media wishes and gets himself engaged with Odias, he said.
The senior BJP leader said the bicentennial celebration of Indiaís first organised war against British, the Paika Rebellion of 1817, has been given special status with the celebration finding place in national Budget.