"The GST will bring about comprehensive reform of the indirect tax regime in the country and a major financial reform to make India a single market," Patnaik said while addressing the legislators in the workshop on GST held ahead of the Odisha Assembly's special session tomorrow.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has accepted a proposal for a new railway line in Odisha within three minutes of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik offering on Twitter to share half of the project cost.
The healthcare provider said the decision will not have any impact on the revenues of the company as the hospital was not operational.
Launching around half-a-dozen projects at a function here, Prabhu said the Centre is focusing on strengthening the railway infrastructure and connectivity in Odisha to enable the state to chug on the path of development.
"We have received a letter from Posco India in this regard. The steel major has offered to return the land near Paradip in its possession," state Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said.
"The recently commissioned ferro-chrome plant of Tata Steel at Gopalpur Industrial Park in Ganjam district of Odisha, has achieved a major milestone with the first ever production of ferro-chrome on February 25, 2017, in compliance with all technical parameters," the company said today.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the state generates an annual revenue of over Rs 15,000 crore for Indian Railway and sought a Rs 5,870 crore package for development of railway infrastructure in the state.
Odisha today received investment commitments worth Rs 5,000 crore from the private sector during an ongoing business summit here, a top government official said today.
The foundation stone for the unit was laid by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who applauded the group for the initiative.
The plant is a unique environment-friendly unit with state-of-the-art pollution control equipment and technology such as ETP (effluent treatment plant) and STP (sewage treatment plant).
Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick handed over the cheque of Rs 500 crore to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The Centre on Tuesday rejected Odisha government's demand of increasing the rate of coal royalty at this juncture, saying such a move would affect the common man.
During the meeting with Jaitley, the Chief Minister said that the new Industrial Policy Resolution 2015 adopted by Odisha is aimed at making Odisha a manufacturing hub of the East and providing an enabling environment to the entrepreneurs to invest and set up businesses in the state.
Eleven stations in Odisha will be redeveloped through a joint venture with the state government, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said at the MoU signing ceremony here.
The Food and Procurement Policy for Kharif Marketing Season, 2016-17 was approved at the cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma said.
The central government was required to give 100 percent CST compensation to states up to the year 2010-11; 75 percent for 2011-12 and 50 percent for 2012-13.
The state government has invited around 250 large and medium industries from sectors like engineering, IT, hardware, aviation, textile, medical devices, lubricants, aerospace, beverages, telecom, defence, transport and consumer durables, Odisha Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said in a release.
The Odisha Startup Policy (OSP), 2016, will be unveiled by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at an investors meet in Bengaluru next month.
Patnaik's letter to Modi came after the state government came to know that Chhattishgarh government was going ahead unilaterally with some irrigation projects over the river Mahanadi without consulting Odisha.
"The objective behind the reduction of VAT on pulses of all kinds is to control the prices in the market and also to avoid strikes by traders," Chief Secretary A P Padhi told reporters.
The Chief Minister urged the citizens to avoid wasting water and encouraged villagers to take care of the piping infrastructure.
"The state has 10 agro-climatic zones and hence there is a need to ensure quick testing of implements/machinery developed which are suitable for different agro-climatic conditions," Patnaik said in a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
Patnaik requested Modi to allocate an alternative coal block to Odisha Thermal Power Corporation (OTPC) instead of Tentuloi Coal Block as this allocated block is neither feasible for mining nor viable for operations as the cost of extracting coal from this deep cast mine would be prohibitively high.
Tentuloi coal block was allocated to OTPCL, which is setting up a 3,200 MW super critical thermal power plant in Dhenkanal, as no other alternative block was available at that point of time, Patnaik said in a letter to Modi.
As Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu allocated Rs 4,682 crore for railway projects in Odisha, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said he was delighted over the Rail Budget, 2016-17.