Rice politics: Javedkar flays Naveen for propagating central scheme as state scheme

05 October, Bhubaneswar


Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar today criticized Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for propagating the central schemes as the schemes of the state government.

Javedkar who arrived here today on two-day visit to the state to review the party organization in Puri Lok Sabha Constituency said the Rs one kg rice supplied to the people in Odisha under the PDS as claimed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is a central scheme in which Union government provides Rs 27 per kg and the state contributes only Rs 2 for its implementation.

He said although it was a central government scheme but the BJD government led by Naveen Patnaik claims it to be a scheme of its own be fooling the people of the state. The Union Minister said the BJD government is also projecting several other central schemes as its own by making a small contribution. JJavadekar dubbed the BJD government led by Naveen Patnaik as” inefficient and incapable” and said the people of the state are not happy with the functioning of the BJD government.

He said though the state has high potential and rich resources for development it could not make the desired progress due to the inefficient leadership of  Patnaik.

Reacting to the statement of the Union Minister that the rice provided to the BPL people as “Modi ka Chaul”( Modi’s Rice), BJD spokesman and Civil Supply Minister S N Patro said it was unfortunate on the part of the an Union Minister to make such statement.

He said as per the Food Security Act the centre is duty bound to provide rice to the state at a subsidized rate and questioned how come the rice given to the state will be called as ” Modi ka Chaul” BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb also described Javadekar’s remark as “laughable and unfortunate”.

Senior Congress leader and leader of Opposition in the Odisha Assembly Narashingha Mishra however said it is neither “Modi’s rice nor Naveen’s rice” but the central government’s decision to provide subsidy on PDS rice which he claimed was taken by the Congress led UPA government at the Centre in the past.

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