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Your Chowkidar’s Sarkar Has Ensured 100 Paise Must Be Spent Fully On The Poor: Modi

16 April 2019


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Sambalpur: Addressing the BJP’s “Vijay Sankalp Samaraho” at Sambalpur today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed his Government at the Centre has made such an arrangement that the funds released from the Centre will be completely spent on the poor and no siphoning off or middlemen midway.  

He said, “Modi Sarkar, your Chowkidar’s Sarkar has made such an arrangement that the 100 paise sent from the Centre must be spent fully on the welfare of the poor.”

He alleged, "It is the result of the earlier corrupt and weak governments that the people of Odisha remained poor after so many years of Independence."

He also said, “Despite the Mahanadi river and the Hirakud reservoir, farmers in the State are not getting enough water to irrigate their fields.”

“Although the Centre has hiked the minimum support price (MSP) on paddy to 1.5 times of the production cost, middlemen continue to rule the roost as the State Government has failed to procure paddy from the farmers,” PM Modi further alleged.

He also promised, "On May 23, when the Modi Government comes to power again, we are going to provide direct benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Nidhi Yojana to the bank accounts of the farmers of Odisha.”

Taking a dig at the BJD Government, he said the State Government is trying to hijack the subsidized rice scheme under National Food Security Act (NFSA).

"The Central Government procures rice at Rs 19-30 per kg and sends it to Odisha. Odisha Government adds only Rs 2 per kg to it. However, they claim that they provide rice at a subsidised rate to the people of Odisha. It's a blatant lie," PM Modi claimed.

Modi also canvassed, "For 20 years, you trusted Odisha's Government blindly, but now the people of the State want change. They want governments of double engine growth at Delhi and Bhubaneswar."

Countering Modi’s rice allegations, BJD spokesperson Amar Patnaik argued, “The rice supplied by the Centre to our system is also supplied to every State. The same scheme was also during the UPA Government. That’s a part of food subsidy. Food subsidy as is in the Central budget, it is being met from the direct and indirect taxes collected from the every State. Hence, all States have been allocated based on a formula based on the recommendation made by the then Planning Commission.”

He argued, “As it was not allocated to our State as per the formula, we were boubnd down to include much more left-out beneficiaries to give them food security. The claims being made that it is Central scheme is completely one-sided view. It is a scheme in which subsidy is given to every State. It’s our right, nothing more is done for us. Rather we are giving it to the poor at much less rate because the poor population in Odisha is more than other States.”

“We had been happy if the Centre would have allocated it Odisha specific either at 90:10 formula and at less issue price than other States. As didn’t do, we have adopted our policy here. All the claims are being made to misinform the public and completely false. The total credit of Re 1 kg rice policy decision and its implementation goes to our State Government. Nothing has been done extra for Odisha by the Centre on food subsidy head,” the BJD spokesperson asserted.    

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Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

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Amar Patnaik, Spokesperson, BJD