Bhubaneswar, Nov 8:
Expressing grave concern over the unprecedented potato crisis in Odisha, the state BJP today came down heavily on the state government for its gross failure in handling the situation.
“The state had seen onion crisis a number of times earlier but never a potato crisis.The state government had information about the shortage of potato a week ago but it did not take steps to tide over the crisis. It’s high time that the government acts with all seriousness instead of indulging in tall talks” BJP leader Bijay Mahapatra told reporters here.
Senior BJP leader and former minister Manmohan Samal said during his tenure as Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister, his ministry had taken overnight decision to procure onions from Rajmundry to arrest the phenomenal rise in onion prices following media reports of a crop failure in Maharashtra.
“The government should not have dithered over its decision to procure potatoes from alternative sources like UP and Punjab for market intervention instead of solely depending on the assurance of West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee”, Samal said.