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Koshal state only if House passes resolution: Advani

Advani has said the Centre will consider the demand for creation of a separate Koshal state only if the Orissa assembly passes a resolution in this regard.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Balangir
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2004 03:16 PM IST

Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani on Tuesday said that the Centre could consider the demand for creation of a separate Koshal state only if the Orissa assembly passed a resolution in this regard.

"A consensus is needed in this matter," he told reporters on Tuesday morning.

Advani said that considerable development had taken place in the Koraput-Balangir-Kalahandi (KBK) region within the last six years of NDA rule.

"I had come here 15 years ago and I find the situation has greatly changed," he said. While the Kalahandi region was synonymous with poverty earlier, Advani said "things have greatly changed".

When a reporter pointed out that migration of people still continued from the area while there was acute scarcity of drinking water, he said that the NDA government was determined to change the face of the country by 2020 by ensuring development in all sectors.

Advani said that going by the kind of reception he received after entering Orissa, he felt that the people of undivided Kalahandi and Balangir districts were happy with the NDA government's performance.

The NDA government had taken up special programmes for the KBK region for expansion of irrigation and power sector. "Much needs to be done and the work will continue if the NDA is voted back to power," he added.

The government intended to lay stress on the Sampurna Gramin Rojgar Yojana and food for work programme while there was enormous scope in the information technology sector, he said.

The Vajpayee government had also created a separate ministry for tribal affairs to lay more emphasis on their development, Advani said.

The government, however, had inherited the problem of unemployment from the earlier regime and it would take time to solve the same. But the government had created employment opportunities for about 84 lakh people every year since 2001, he added.

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