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Political stability can give mineral-rich Odisha great future: Finance Commission

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New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) The 15th Finance Commission on Tuesday said Odisha with 72 per cent of India’s mineral resources and a politically-stable environment is nowhere near its true potential, but with certain initiatives can have a great future.

“With so much mineral wealth, Odisha is truly an example of a state which is nowhere near reaching its true growth potential… The Commission is of the view that the state of Odisha has a great future given political stability and other factor endowments,” it said.

The Finance Commission led by Chairman N.K. Singh is on a four-day visit to the state to hold detailed meetings with the state government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during which the Commission will hold discussions on the state’s finances and other issues.

On Tuesday, the first day of the visit, the Commission members met the representatives of trade and industries of Odisha.

“The Commission felt that it was ironic that with 72 per cent of India’s mineral resources, manufacturing sector in Odisha was still very moderate. This has resulted in low job creation,” the Finance Commission said in a statement.

“Some recent initiatives of the state government have been good and effective, but deeper changes in the regulatory framework, combined with improved infrastructure and logistics are needed to make the state truly competitive,” it added.

Later, the Commission will hold meetings with the representatives of various political parties and those of the Panchayati Raj institutions and Urban Local Bodies of Odisha.

It will undertake field visits to take stock of the state’s poverty eradication program – Odisha Livelihood Mission. It will also visit the Self Help Groups, Drinking Water Projects, Cyclone Shelters and other development projects of the state.

Further, the Commission will also review the works undertaken by the Chilka Development Authority as well as Wet Land Research Centre.

–IANS
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Redmi 7A to Go on Sale in India Today at 12 Noon on Flipkart and Mi.com

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Redmi 7A will be available for purchase in India later today. Xiaomi will conduct the sale at 12pm (noon) through Flipkart and Mi.com. To recall, the Redmi 7A was launched in the country earlier this month. The phone flaunts an HD+ display and comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC. Other key highlights of the Redmi 7A include a 12-megapixel rear camera, up to 32GB of onboard storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. Xiaomi is aiming to take on the Samsung Galaxy M10 and Nokia 2.2 with the new Redmi phone.

The Redmi 7A price in India has been set at Rs. 5,999 for the 16GB storage variant, while its 32GB storage model is priced at Rs. 6,199. However, to attract customers, Xiaomi is offering a Rs. 200 discount on both Redmi 7A variants in the country for this month. This means the phone can be purchased for as low as Rs. 5,799.

The Redmi 7A sale will begin at 12pm (noon) IST today. It will take place through Flipkart and Mi.com.

 

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