‘Mo Sarkar’: A reality check on Odisha govt’s dial-a-feedback scheme

Bhubaneswar: While the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) aims at making governance more people-centric in Odisha through its  ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative by seeking direct feedback from citizens, OTV was at various police stations and government hospitals for a reality check on the dial-a-feedback scheme.

OTV team reached SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and found people waiting for two-three hours to get tickets for outpatient department consultations. Besides, a long queue was seen at the pathology lab.

“It’s taking a month to get reports of tests here. So people are forced to do tests at private clinics where the charges are high. Indirectly, it is a new yojana of the government to exploit people,” said Bibhuti Bhushan Panda, a person from Bhadrak, who had come for check-up at SCB, Cuttack.

OTV met one Malati Suna of Gurjabheta village in Bolangir, who has reportedly approached several police officials to lodge a complaint against her husband’s alleged torture but her plea has not been heard by anyone.’

“I have so far visited the police station twice but they (cops at Tureikela PS) returned my FIR copy as my husband has bribed them,” alleged Malati.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have brought serious allegations against the ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative of the State government.

“The CM is saying Hello, I am Naveen Patnaik speaking while no one knows who is on the other side. Does he know Odia so that he can speak to someone? Let us know to which patient the CM called and spoke over phone,” said Congress MLA Sura Routray.

The BJP also lashed out at the Odisha government terming the ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative as another scheme to fool people. “The CM is trying to buy cheap popularity through the new scheme. Talking to people over phone in broken Hindi, Odia and English will not help people in any way,” said State BJP general secretary, Prithviraj Harichandan.

Responding to the allegations, Odisha Health Minister Naba Das said, that it’s not that all people are facing trouble in getting treatment at hospitals, rather there are only a few unsatisfied people. “Feedback will be taken from people to make the entire process more accessible,” Das added.