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BJD to continue fight against central negligence: Naveen


Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Setting a target to develop Odisha as the most developed state in the country by 2036, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the ruling BJD would continue to fight against negligence by successive central governments.

“Beginning with natural calamities to other sectors, successive central governments neglect Odisha. We will continue to fight against this injustice,” Patnaik said while addressing a meeting held on the occasion of the ruling BJD’s 18th Foundation Day here.

Stating that the state is prone to all kinds of natural calamities like floods, cyclones and droughts, Patnaik said these disasters severely affect Odisha’s economy. However, he said, successive central governments have neglected the state even during calamities. “We will fight for justice,” he said.

With a severe drought this time caused due to insufficient and irregular rainfall, Patnaik said, “The ruling party is always with farmers who have been in trouble due to the natural calamity. The state’s BJD government has already announced a drought package to help farmers.”

Patnaik also said that the farmers undertaking rabi cultivation would be provided with crop loan to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore this time. The Chief Minister also called upon the party workers to ensure that farmers are made aware of the state government’s welfare programmes.

Noting that his government has decided to observe the birth centenary of Biju Patnaik next year, the chief minister said it should be organised from the village level to the international level.

“We will also start preparation for Odisha’s centenary from Biju Patnaik’s birth centenary year,” Patnaik said, adding that the Odisha’s 80th anniversary will also be observed in 2016.