UNION MINISTER FAVORS TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

Union Minister of State for Tourism Development, Ms. Renuka Chowdhury, has assured Government of Orissa that there shall be no dearth of money for development of tourism infrastructure in the State. The Union Government shall offer major share of the fund, she has reportedly told to Orissas tourism Minister S.N.Patro.

According to Patro, Ms. Chowdhury air-surveyed 480 KM coastline from Balasore of Orissa to Vishakhapatnam of Andhra on 31st May taking a note of the biosphere properties and religious antiquities that should be transformed into major tourist attractions.

Development of the vast coastline as a joint venture, Andhra being a partner, would be taken up in right earnest and the Union shall contribute liberally to the venture, she reportedly said.

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SENIOR MINISTER HACKLED IN HIS OFFICE

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

His own party men from Tirtol constituency heckled minister for Pachayatiraj and Secretary general of Biju Janata Dal, Dr. Damodar Raut in his Secretariat chamber on May 31. The local Press had earlier reported that the same Minister had faced the same sort of humiliation the day before in his official residence.

The party members went berserk as the Minister refused to intervene in transfer of a Junior Engineer of the Block and a District Inspector of Schools. About twenty active members of BJD led by Deputy Chairman of the District Board Mr. N.C.Nayak and local party unit president Ashok Raut shouted at the Minister in most objectionable manners.

But no action against them was sought for by the Minister. The Secretariat security staff also remained silent. How could they come into the Secretariat, who gave them permission, is not determined.

This is a sample of how in the hands of the ruling party members the Secretariat has lost its sanctity and security.