Tytler invites Naveen to public debate

Bhubaneswar: Congress senior leader Jagdish Tytler today threw a challenge to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to a public debate on his charge of Centre’s negligence towards Odisha.

“Let the chief minister join a public debate with Congress leaders on his party’s allegation of central negligence towards Odisha,” Tytler, who is AICC in-charge of Odisha told the general body meeting of Odisha PCC here.

Accusing the ruling BJD of misleading the people, he said the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre has been funding different welfare schemes besides pucca roads in villages, hospitals and drinkig water.

“The state government on the other hand is taking full credit by telling people that Naveen Patnaik is doing everything. They also mislead people by making false propaganda that the Centre neglects Odisha,” he said.

Claiming that the UPA government had sanctioned more funds to Odisha than the previous NDA regime, Union Minister of state for Chemicals and Fertilisers Srikant Jena said the Centre has given Rs 11,000 crore to Odisha under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

“Of the Rs 11,000 crore, Rs 2,000 crore remains unspent due to lack of efficiency of the BJD government,” Jena alleged.

Odisha government had also got Rs 4,000 crore under National Rural Health Mission and funds released under MGNREGA are being misutilised, Jena alleged seeking a public debate on the entire issue.

“The Chief Minister is afraid of facing a debate,” he claimed adding four different central PSUs are now planning to set up four medical colleges in the state. .