25 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: People of Odisha have not forgotten the golden rule of Congress when the growth rate of Odisha was restricted to 3 per cent, said BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra in reaction to the challenge of AICC President Rahul Gandhi to give farmers Rs 2,600 MSP after coming to power.
Patra stated, "BJD has been demanding for an MSP of Rs 2930 for paddy which was also unanimously resolved in the Vidhan Sabha in 2017. Unfortunately, the Congress only spoke of Rs 2500 as MSP in 2018 and as if they are doing some charity are now talking of Rs 2600 in 2019."
While stating that the growth rate of Odisha under BJD rule has reached 10 per cent which is higher than the national average, Patra alleged that that under Congress Odisha was dependent on rice from other States and the Infant Mortality Rate was the worst in the country.
Under BJD Government Odisha not only reached self-sufficiency in rice production by 2007, but became rice-surplus in 2011 and now the third highest contributor of rice to the PDS system. And the present Infant Mortality Rate in Odisha is better than the national average, he added.
Earlier in the day, Rahul in a public meeting at Tamando in Bhubaneswar had assured not only Rs 2,600 MSP for the farmers, but also food processing plants in every district and adequate jobs to the youths.
Rahul had also targeted BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his unfulfilled promises of providing employment and giving reasonable MSP. In reaction to it Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the leader of the party whose history is full of fraud and corruption is speaking big things.
Pradhan alleged Congress is responsible for pushing Odisha 70 years back. Even after ruling the country and Odisha for a long period, Congress was not able to provide people of Odisha their rights, he added.