Politics over ‘aspirational district’ rankings intensifies in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the ruling-BJD and accused it of being indifferent to various Central programmes for mere political gains.

Union Minister Jual Oram alleged that the State government first boycotted the aspirational district programme of the Centre but later realised its mistake. However, the State government has no intention to work for the people.

“The chief minister here has adopted a tendency to brief media and come up with new announcements on daily basis. He has no intension to work at the ground level,” said Oram.

Responding to Oram’s statements, BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb said that before pointing fingers at Odisha, the NDA-led Central government must check that many BJP-ruled states like Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are far below than Odisha in terms of development.

“The BJP should first check the States ruled by its own party before pointing fingers at others,” Deb added.

Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January this year. It aims at effective transformation of some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country.

“No works has been done in different fields like agriculture, infrastructure, healthcare and education. Had there been any developmental work in the State, why should have people complained about it,” alleged senior Congress leader, Sucharita Mohanty.

Though Nabarangpur district is the most improved district in the country in financial inclusion, as per the ranking, the district has been placed at the bottom spot in Health & Nutrition sector with

It is worth mentioning that Kalahandi district has been adjudged as the most developed district in terms of agriculture among the aspirational districts in the country. Malkangiri district has been ranked 3rd in the list of most improved districts in agriculture.