BJP, BJD Insensitive towards farmers issue, employment: Niranjan

Bhubaneswar, Dec 21: Even as the major political parties gear up for the ensuing general elections in 2019, the State Congress Friday launched scathing attacks on the Centre and State Governments over not waiving farm loan and easing the employment crisis in State.

PCC chief Niranjan Patnaik said at a press conference here that the Naveen Patnaik-led government should learn from Chhattisgarh and announce bonus for farmers.

In a tweet, Patnaik also urged the Odisha government to provide immediate assistance to the farmers who have been the worst victims of Cyclone Phethai-induced rains.

criticising both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for ‘making false promises’ of creating jobs for youth in the State, the PCC chief said both Modi and Naveen governments failed to deliver the promised jobs.

“Last year, at Paradip refinery, PM Modi had said that one lakh Odia youths would get employed at IOCL within a month. However, a recent inquiry revealed that only 374 youths have been employed so far,” he alleged.

Modi had also promised to create 2 crore job opportunities, but nothing has come off as yet, he said.

The people are unhappy with the BJD and the BJP as both have failed the farmers due to their  anti-farmer approach, Patnaik added.

The OPCC Chief also criticized the State government saying that it has also not implemented the Swaminathan committee report like the NDA government at the Centre.

Notably, the ruling BJD had claimed that non-implementation of M S Swaminathan committee report played a game-changer during the recent assembly elections in three States.

Responding to Patnaik’s comments, State Food Supplies Minister Surjya Narayan Patro said, “The guidelines of Centre don’t allow us to announce bonus for paddy over and above the fixed MSP. If we do so, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) will not procure additional quantity of rice and subsequently Odisha government will be responsible for any surplus.”

The Minister further said that the State government has decided to submit a memorandum addressed to the President of India over minimum support price (MSP) issue in January 2019.

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