Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 9:
In a first, political parties across the spectrum barring Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today came under one umbrella here and launched a scathing attack on the Odisha government for its delay in doling out the refund to the investors.
The parties teamed up with Arthika Sansthamanankadwara Kshatigrastanka Milita Manch (ASKMM), a forum fighting for the cause of duped chit fund investors in the state, demanding an all-party meet to formulate a policy for refund of money, raising the size of corpus fund from Rs 300 crore to Rs 2000 crore and identification of investors at Tehsil level among other issues.
“As lakhs of families have been looted in the know of the government and it has also been proved, the government cannot shrug off its responsibility. Evidently, the government is not taking the issue seriously,” Soumya Ranjan Patnaik said.
While Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Left parties and other parties participated in the mass congregation, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) stayed away from the meeting.
“If the government calls for an all-party meeting having eminent persons belong to the ruling party on board, we can definitely find a solution to the immediate refund of money to the investors with the help of government machinery,” veteran Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said.
It may be mentioned that deadlock continues in the state Assembly over Justice MM Das’ remarks over refund to duped chit fund investors as the Opposition parties have been vehemently demanding the ouster of the chit fund commission’s chairman.
“It all depends on the will power of the government. We are still unaware of the government’s intention. Government’s intention should be made clear,” BJP leader Prithviraj Harichandan said.
The BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deo reacted: “The impression of those who had conducted the programme and who participated in it are wrong and baseless.”
On the other hand, the chit fund investors are pinning hopes on the government to get back their invested money.
“The government is not interested that people should get back their money. It is hoodwinking people and has adopted a delaying tactics. If this type of programme is conducted quite frequently then the government would be pressurised to refund the money,” a duped chit fund investor said.