Jajpur, April 18 (LocalWire): Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari at a meeting at Ramabag in Jajpur district today said illegal mining that had full support of politicians and bureaucrats cheated the state exchequer of thousands of crores and pushed the area perilously close to exhausting its mineral reserves.
‘Our party is highlighting the state government’s slipshod attitude towards the welfare of the rural people. BJD-led government in the state is corrupt and inefficient and not taking any action against the mine mafias and therefore, people in these areas are poor,’ Gadkari said.
Though crores of rupees were spent for the development of tribals in this district, there was no major drinking water scheme in the area. Problems like unemployment and malnourishment still exist in this belt.
Untreated water is discharged by the mines into the the Brahmani river, which is the only source of water for the residents. The water quality therefore is highly contaminated which impacts the soil and also the air, said Gadakari.
‘Tribals and Dalits, who were once the traditional voters of Congress and BJD, no longer vote for them. History will be created in Odisha in May with the BJP coming to power and winning around 120 seats.
‘BJD has failed utterly in governance and the youth and the farmers are disenchanted with the state government. On other hand Congress has lost credibility and faith of the people of the state,’ added Gadakari.
Last year, the Union shipping and transport minister had asked CBI to probe the sinking of a ship in the sea near Paradip in 2009. The ship had no valid insurance or other documents.
‘A senior BJD leader and former minister of Jajpur district are involved in this case. Our department isinvestigating the matter, said Gadkari.
The meeting was also addressed by BJP Lok Sabha candidate, Amiya Mallick and Jajpur MLA candidate Gautam Ray.