Bhubaneswar, June 19
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today urged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to respond to his letters on matters relating to food processing and investment in State and sought a personal meeting with him to discuss various investment opportunities for the State.
Expressing anguish over non-acknowledgement of his letter from the Chief Minister’s Office, Pradhan in a letter said he has been writing to the Odisha Government on various issues, including food processing and investment.
“But the CMO does not respond to the letters,” he alleged adding, “Instead, I have been humiliated and called names.”
“Your officials tag me as ‘postman’ and call me a Bihari. I am ready to face all such insults without any hesitation. But let not the anger on me deprive Odisha of its potential benefits,” he said.
Pradhan also alleged that the Chief Minister did not allow Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhee to meet him for a discussion on investments in Odisha.
The Petroleum Minister urged Patnaik that instead of pretending to be busy with party affairs, the Chief Minister should allow him to meet and apprise him of investment opportunities for the state.
“Instead of trashing my letter, give me an opportunity to meet you at your office as I want to apprise you of my efforts in participation of overseas investors in Make In Odisha conclave to be held this year,” his letter read.