Saturday, December 26, 2009

Government is in Joy, People are in Sorrow

During BJD Governance it seems development has been concentrated in coastal part of Odisha, specially in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri region, to some extend Berhampur and Hinjili region (Chief Minister's home district). But large part of interior Odisha remains the same, at least when it comes to infrastructure development in the regional level, during this period. Take the case of Kalahandi and Nuapada, in past 10 years not a single major bridge of regional importance could be accomplished though  2 major bridges were sanctioned but both failed to be accomplished during this period. Here we are talking about a decade and not a year or two. It is the responsibility of the State Government for not only sanctioning regional infrastructure development but also implementing it in the right time.

All the NH and SH in Kalahandi-Nuapada regions are in bad shape, thanks to Vedanta for making NH201 from bad to worst in Kalahandi and Balangir region. One bridge on Hati river near Karchala in Kalahandi was already promised during Hemanada Biswal as Chief Minister, but to this Government it is going to deaf's ear. Projects like Biju KBK Yojana, WODC etc with poor budgetary provision and vision for a large part of the regions are just political eye wash as its not helping to improve infrastructure, higher education and health facilities in the regional level. Thanks to Central Government scheme for PMGSY at least rural/village roads are improving all over Odisha. Of course, 2 kg rice scheme is a politically correct development.

This seems to be a neutral article.
Samaja, Dec 26, 2009
The other article (by ruling party leader) was also published in Tathya. Though the leader does not say openly, from his demand/speech it is evident that still Western part of Odisha is being neglected., Dec 26, 2009

Ananga Udaya Singh Deo has demanded a special package for Western Odisha.

Asking for a special treatment for the backward region of the state, the Minister Planning & Coordination rejected the demand for Koshala State.

Mr.Singh Deo was speaking in the Foundation Day Celebrations of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) here on 26 December.

He said that Congress gave the Western Odisha a signboard of Western Odisha Development Council (WODC).

Where as after assuming power Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister is funding WODC in a big way and now annual contribution to the kitty is Rs.100.

Apart from that heavily funded Biju KBK has helped the Western Odisha in a much better way.

Now the area needs more economic package for faster growth and he demanded special treatment for the Western odisha.

Terming the demand for Koshala State an unwarranted, Mr.Singh Deo said Odisha can not be divided.

Those who are demanding for the division are myopic and in the long run it will harm the interest of the people.

The Senior Vice President of BJD, Mr.Singh Deo said those who are demanding Koshala State are totally politically motivated and with Odisha growing at a much faster pace, it will be unwise to divide the state.

Releasing stats, Minister Mr.Singh Deo said that Odisha is the only state in the country, which has remained Number One for continuously 3 years in 2005,2006 and 2007.

The state has emereged as a Software Export Centre and is growing at 40 per cent as compared to only 20 per cent growth in southern states.

Per Capita Income has doubled in last 4 years and Odisha is Number Three in the country so far Per Capita Income is concerned, revealed Mr.Singh Deo.

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