Bhubaneswar: With polls round the corner, in what could be termed as a ‘healing touch’ to thousands of investors, duped crores of rupees by non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) in Odisha, the State Congress on Friday announced that it would open Help Cells to provide legal support to these people.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Jayadev Jena said that the party would open the cells in all districts, blocks and the party headquarters in Bhubaneswar as well.

The cells would start functioning from second week of July, Jena stated adding the party would appoint lawyers to provide legal assistance to the chit fund victims.
Dubious NBFCs like Sharadha Group, AT, Seashore, Green Ray, Mideast and Astha have allegedly collected an estimated Rs 2000 crore from gullible investors in Odisha on the pretext of paying them returns at inflated interest rates.

Though the party has been attacking the ruling BJD alleging the involvement of its leaders in the multi-crore chit fund scam ever since it surfaced, the move, as viewed by political analysts is likely to win the support of voters.

According to sources, the State Congress, which has been out of power in Odisha since 2000, is now pinning hope on both the two new heads – AICC general secretary in-charge of Odihsa BK Hariprasad and OPCC chief Jayadev Jena to improve the party’s poll prospects.