Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 4:
Eyes on panchayat polls, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched the second edition of a public relation oriented booklet titled “Aaina” at the state Secretariat.
Published by Information and Public Relations Department, the 50-page booklet contains information pertaining to several schemes of the state government implemented in the past two years. It will be distributed free of cost across all panchayats and wards of urban local bodies.
“As you know the State Government is implementing a number of welfare schemes for farmers, labourers, students, children, women, youth, senior citizens and poor people to bring them to the mainstream of development. I am given to understand that Aaina contains useful and important information on various schemes implemented by the State Government. I hope it will be of immense help to the common man,” said Naveen.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, on the other hand, called the book launch a public relation gimmick and advised to government to work for the public instead.
“You have made a claim to have connected 85 lakh people to the NFSA. We ask you to publish the list of beneficiaries panchayat-wise. Why has the government not appointed permanent teachers? Why have over 40 percent families not been connected to the power grid? Do Dana Majhi incident, Nagada deaths and Malkangiri Japanese Encephalitis deaths not expose failure of Health Department,” questioned Pradhan.
He further chided the government for its claims on ‘Biju Pakka Ghar Yojana’. Reminding the statement of a minister on the floor of Assembly that put construed houses at three lakhs in three years, he asked the Chief Minister to clarify if his statement on construction of 10 lakh houses in two years was true.