Odisha govt failed in Cyclone Titli Management: Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today criticised Odisha government for its poor preparedness in tackling Cyclone Titli and subsequent flood situation in different parts of the State.

In a Facebook post, Pradhan also slammed Odisha Food and Consumer Welfare Minister, Surya Narayan Patro’s ‘irresponsible’ statements on the tragic Gajapati landslide incident in which 16 persons were killed.

Earlier, Patro had stated that there was much less casualties during Cyclone Titli in Odisha in comparison to the death of 170 people in similar natural disaster in the US.

“The slogan of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to ensure ‘zero casualty’ remained only in pen and paper. What is more unfortunate that Naveen was busy in a photo shoot for Hockey Men’s World Cup branding when the people of the State were in distress,” wrote Pradhan.