Odisha For Women: PCC Chief shows mirror to Naveen on Twitter

Bhubaneswar: A few hours after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced enhancement of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana cover for women from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, OPCC President Niranjan Patnaik silenced the hullabaloo of the State Government in a series of tweets criticising the Biju Janata Dal initiative ‘Odisha For Women’, tagging it a failure.

No sooner the CM expressed his happiness tweeting, “Happy to share, health cover under #BijuSwasthyaKalyanaYojana will be raised from ₹5lakh to ₹7lakh for women. This historic move, a first in country, will benefit lakhs of women & assure adequate healthcare coverage,” the Odisha Congress chief took a potshot at the CM through consecutive tweets and started citing instances of failure of the scheme.

Leaving no stone unturned, Niranjan ‘showed the mirror to BJD Government’ over the status of women in Odisha.

Claiming that the efforts of the BJD are just eyewash for the people of Odisha, Niranjan pointed at many such instances including minor girl rapes, ambulance failure, absence of adequate healthcare services for women leading to delivery on roads and auto-rickshaws, and many other schemes that have remained just on papers.

The OPCC chief further questioned on what basis the BJD government is shamelessly making tall claims of progress in healthcare.

Reportedly, during discussions at Ama Gaon Ama Bikash session today, one Mamata from Malkangiri called for enhancing Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana cover for women. Taking note of this, CM Naveen decided to increase the amount from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh for women.

Naveen had also tweeted on Odisha for Women initiative stating “From Mission Shakti to Mamata & Khushi to land rights & houses, 50% reservation in Panchayats to free bicycles & hostels for girls, Odisha stands for women. The enhanced BSKY cover is yet another step for women & also for Healthy, Happy & Empowered Odisha.”