Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Government draws flak for rising Naxal menace

Express News Service

First Published : 16 Dec 2009 03:52:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 16 Dec 2009 09:00:39 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government today got flak in the Assembly, run by the Opposition, over the virtual lawlessness prevailing in many parts of the State, including Narayanpatna, and its failure to tackle the growing Naxal menace.

The issue cropped up during discussion on a motion on the deteriorating law and order situation in the State. Criticising lack of initiative from the Government to counter the growing violence of Naxals, the MLAs alleged that instead of trying to bring a semblance of order in the affected areas, it is always trying to shift the blame to the Centre.

Besides the Naxal activities, the general law and order situation in the State has also deteriorated alarmingly, they said and added that the frequent gang wars in different areas is an indication that the government had lost control over the situation.

Briefing mediapersons, Congress Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan said among others Anup Sai, Sadhu Nepak, Rajendra Chhatria, Ramchandra Kadam (all Cong), Hitesh Bagarti and Karendra Majhi (both BJP) participated in the discussion.

Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh told mediapersons that discrimination of the government in declaring drought was discussed through an adjournment motion notice which was admitted. The Opposition MLAs alleged that declaration of drought was politicised. Villages which supported opposition MLAs in the last elections were not declared drought affected, they added. The MLAs demanded that a comprehensive package for the farmers on the lines of the packages in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Maharashtra be announced by the government. Surendra Singh Bhoi of the Congress alleged that non-farmers are now getting loans instead of farmers and the government has no control over the situation.

Presiding officer Debi Prasanna Chand observed that the Government will be informed about the problems faced by the farmers in this regard. Dushmanta Nayak (Cong) alleged that farmers are facing a lot of difficulties in getting farm loans even though many of them repaid previous loan on schedule.

Gobardhan Das (Cong) raised the issue of problems faced by the poor for delay in distribution of BPL cards. Prafulla Majhi, Ramchandra Kadam and Surendra Paramanik (all Cong) criticised the government for its failure in the implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikran Yojana. They wanted the Centre to release funds for the State Government in this regard.

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