New Delhi: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Dr Sasmit Patra today demanded setting up a Kalinga Regiment in Indian Army in the Rajya Sabha.
Highlighting the issue during the Zero Hour, Patra said, “Considering the contribution made by the State, the government should raise the Kalinga Regiment.”
The raising of a regiment named after the state’s ancient name (Kalinga) has been a long-standing demand.
The demand was first made by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in 2015.
Odisha is strategically located with major establishments such as the Integrated Test Range Centre at Chandipur located along its coast.