Malkangiri condition miserable, says Niranjan

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik on Sunday questioned the effective implementation of various welfare schemes in Malkangiri district and said condition of the district is horrible due to lack of ‘political will’ to develop the backward region. 
 
Talking to the news men at a press meet in Congress Bhawan the senior Congress leader said, though there is no dearth of fund and the State government is receiving crores of rupees under different developmental schemes, these have remained unspent. At the same time, people are still struggling to get better road communication, he added. 
 
Around Rs 1,100 crore meant for various schemes have remained unutilized in the district, he alleged, demanding Chief Minister should immediately review such situation.
 
“Elected representatives have resigned and a sarpanch was killed there. The administration and democracy is failing. There is no better road communication. No safe drinking water facilities are there”, Patnaik, who recently toured the district with his team on Saturday, said.
 
Patnaik stated that the ruling government must keep a watch on the schemes meant for the poor and tribals.
The team which visited the district comprised senior leader Narasingha Mishra, MP Pradip Majhi and former MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati.
 
On the other hand refuting the allegations, BJD leader and School and Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda said, "Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has always given priority to Malkangiri district and the money is being spent properly under various schemes."