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Posted on Nov 21, 10:46PM | UNI
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today came down heavily on the Congress led UPA government at the Centre for neglecting the state in all speheres of development.
Mr Patnaik, who attended a series of programmes in Balasore district today along with the film star turned politician Sidhant Mohapatra, BJD MP, said while states like West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have been given special packages for political benefits, Odisha has been neglected and become a victim of Centre's apathy.
The state, he said, was not getting its due royalty share on the mineral resources, despite a major revenue earning source for the Centre.
The Chief Minister lambasted the Congress-led UPA government stating that it has become role model of corruption with every day a new page is being added to the list of corruption.
The UPA government, he said has utterly failed to contain the price hike of essential commodities.
The "women and farmer communities are the worst affected .
While the women segment are suffering following the ceiling on the subsidised domestic LPG consumption, the farmers are bearing the burnt of the escalation of the prices of fertilizers." he said.
During his day long visit, the chief minister laid the foundation stone for construction of a bridge over river Gangahar in village Mayurgram in Remuna under Biju Setu Yongna with an estimated cost of Rs 3.46 crore and another over river Chitei under Bhograi block estimated cost Rs 2.64 crore.
He also inaugurated a tehsil office building and Bharat Nirman Rajiv Seva Kendra at Baliapal and distributed assets and benefits under different welfare and development schemes in Baliapal and Bhograi.