Berhampur, April 7 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik attacked the Centre on Sunday blaming them of meagre financial assistance to the Titli-affected people.
The Centre had given financial assistance first to Andhra Pradesh, which was also affected by the cyclone Titli and delayed the paltry allocation of Rs 250 crore to the state,’ he said while addressing the election meetings at Paralakhemundi and Mohana under Gajapati district, which was severally affected due to the cyclone on 13 October 2018.
The district faced massive landslides that damaged hundreds of houses and left more than 50 dead. ‘They gave a measly amount for such destruction,’ the chief minister said.
He also attacked the Centre for non-cooperation in implementation of the Aahar Yojana, a cheap meal scheme in the state, which the state government had to implement on its own.
Similarly, the Centre also refused to include 30 lakh poor people under the National Food Security Act. But the state government was providing rice to all poor people at a Re 1 per kg.
‘This is your money. No one has shown mercy by giving it to us,’ he said, targeting the BJP leaders who had time and again asserted that the Re 1 rice scheme was a Central scheme and state government was taking credit.
Countering the BJP leaders’ criticism of the state for non-implementation of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ – the health scheme of the Centre in the state, Patnaik said a woman would get only Rs 5 lakh assistance for treatment under this scheme. On other hand, under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, the health scheme of the state government, a woman would get Rs 7 lakh assistance.
‘You judge for yourself which scheme is better.’ said the chief minister at Makapada near Mohana, where a number of woman folks gathered.
BJP in its manifesto promised to implement Ayushwan yojana in the state, if voted to power.
The BJD supreme promised to serve the people of Odisha till his last breathe since the 4.50 crore people of the state is his family.