BJD MLA receives threat for raising dal scam

Bhubaneswar: Seeking life protection provisions for all Orissa MLAs including chief minister Naveen Patnaik, ruling BJD legislator Debasis Nayak on Thursday claimed to have received threat from anonymous persons for raising irregularities in supply of sub-standard dal under mid-day meal and supplementary nutrition programme.

"I was threatened for raising the issue of irregularities in the supply of sub-standard dal to schools and anganwadi centres," Nayak, a former minister, said in the assembly.

"I will do what is right, I told the persons who issued me threat," he said.

The MLA, who was dropped from the ministry in previous term, was said to be the first MLA to make dal scam public. He had written to the vigilance department claiming that crores were misappropriated by private parties by supplying such inferior quality of pulses under mid-day meal and SNP.

Stating that security provisions for members of Orissa Legislative Assembly (OLA) was inadequate, Nayak demanded review of the chief minister`s security too.

Chief minister`s chopper had once landed in an agricultural field and Patnaik had to walk down till main road accompanied by only one security man, he pointed out adding that personal security officers (PSOs) provided to ministers were either in the rank of havildars or below that rank.

As terrorists could dare to launch an attack on former Andhra Pradesh chief minister C B Naidu at Tirupati, it was high time to review security of Patnaik, Nayak said.

As MLAs visit places and frequently meet people of different kind, their security must be augmented, Nayak said adding he had already written a letter to the home department highlighting necessity of adequate life protection provision for members of the OLA.

Other members including NCP legislature party leader Amar Satpathy, BJD members Pradeep Maharathy, Jiban Pradip Das and Independent MLA Pratap Sarangi demanded adequate security at Sri Jagannath Temple at Puri and Sun Temple at Konark.

"These two monuments are considered as the pride of the country. They should be protected," Maharathy said.