The high voltage campaign for the December mid-term poll in Padampur constituency has intensified as Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik campaigned for BJD candidate Barsha Singh Bariha. At a public rally in Jharbandh, he urged people to vote for Bariha and accused Narendra Modi’s government of shedding “crocodile tears” for the poor by telling lies.
At the meeting, the BJD chief began his speech with ‘Jai Nrusinghanath’, the deity of the region, and paid tribute to the eminent poet Gangadhar Meher. The prime minister said that his government has taken a range of measures for the welfare of farmers and that the party will continue to do so. BJD is aimed at ensuring women’s empowerment and a number of steps taken by the BJD government, he said.
Patnaik took aim at the BJP government for not doing enough to curb the rise in prices and voiced the concerns of kendu leaf pickers about high GST charges. “The BJP government charges 3% GST on gold but 18% on Kendu leaves. BJP plays with people’s emotions,” he said, adding that his government is also committed to the well-being of kendu leaf pickers.
Asking questions about the MSP imposed on Paddy, Patnaik said: “The center is shedding crocodile tears for farmers.”
Chief Minister Patnaik said that “the central government has announced that everyone would be at home by 2022. However, 10 lakh beneficiaries in the state and 25,000 poor people of Padmapur are yet to get homes.” He further said that “While Odisha has been awarded by Center for Good Work, the closure of the scheme is a matter of concern.”
Emphasizing that the state government has paid out Rs 1000 crore for farmer-related work, he accused the center of delayed payout of crop insurance under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and pledged to fight for the rights of the farmers in Padampur who do not have done. received their insurance claims to date.
“The center fails to issue crop insurance, provide fertilizers and buy paddy. I will fight for you against the central government,” he said adding that farmers in Padampur have yet to receive their crop insurance.
He claimed that insurance assistance for farmers is in the hands of the center and said the state government shares 50% premium in central schemes. PMFBY is a government scheme. It is for farmers. But BJP leaders will say nothing about this injustice to farmers. I will fight for your right,” he said.
He also said that the BJD government has been fighting for the rights of poor people and working to improve people’s living standards.
(With input from Dusmant Behera, Navesh Mohanty, Tribikram Pradhan of Bargarh)
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