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Naveen reiterates anti-Centre slogan

Bhubaneswar, Sep 25: BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said the apathy of the successive Governments at the Centre towards Odisha is the main barrier in the State’s development.

“Like natural calamities, the Centre’s apathy is the main barrier in development of Odisha. Anti-Odisha tendency of the Centre was evident from Mahanadi and Polavaram issues. It is clear that the Centre is neglecting Odisha,” said Patnaik while taking stock of the preparations of the party’s Janasampark Yatra scheduled to being from October 2, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

Asking party cadres to reach out to people and convince them about the Centre’s negligence towards the State and at the same time to highlight the State Government’s welfare measures during the month-long public contact drive, Patnaik said efforts are on for welfare of people of every sections and regions in the State.

He charged that holding assistances in eight Government schemes, supplying wheat instead of rice to Odisha under the NFSA and making Aadhaar Card compulsory for SC/ST students are some of the anti-federal attitude of the Centre.

“Interest of their parties (Congress and BJP) is more important than the interest of people. We will continue to fight in Mahanadi and Polavaram issues.  We will make people aware of Central negligence and State Government’s pro-people schemes, ” said Patnaik.

He highlighted some welfare schemes initiated by his Government for students and girls, like the Kaling Sikshathri Yojana and the Biju Kanya Ratna Yojana.

Claiming that his door is open round the clock, the Chief Minister asked the party leaders to bring to his notice the problems faced by people during the party’s public contact drive.
   
Jansampark Yatra chief convenor and MLA Pratap Jena and almost all Ministers, MPs and MLAs were present in the preparatory meeting.

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