Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday urged his ministers, MLAs and party workers to continue the good works in order to strengthen BJD in the days to come.
Attending the extended executive meeting of the ruling party here, Patnaik said, “We have the expanded office-bearers of state level meeting of our party today. We have discussed some important issues and the welfare of the people of Odisha. BJD is always dedicated to work in the interest of the people of Odisha through various pro-people initiatives.”
The Chief Minister also raised the central neglect issue here today by saying the Centre had slashed the funds under various welfare schemes which affects common people.
“When Naveen Patnaik had sworn-in as chief minister of Odisha, then the budget of plan sector was just Rs 6,000 crore and the state’s economic and social sector was almost devastated, which everyone knows. Our Chief Minister had played a big role empowering common people for the last 17 years,” said BJD leader and spokesperson Dibyashanakar Mishra.
Odisha was an underdeveloped state but now the rate of growth is very high and will continue in the coming years, Mishra added.
Echoing similar views, another BJD leader Sameer Das said, “The BJD had undertaken many developmental projects for the betterment of common people and how the party would strengthen its presence at the grass root level is the main agenda at this extended executive meeting.”
Besides CM, the one-day event was attended by around 300 leaders, including 81 executive committee members, 147 state council members, all MLAs, MPs and presidents of 32 organisational districts.
Meanwhile, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradahn said the state government is lying and spreading false information in the name of development.
“The state government, a few days ago, had announced in the Assembly that they had constructed around 10 lakh pucca houses in 2 years and the departmental minister had said 3 lakh houses provided in three years. Here, we are asking them to tell the truth on the matter.”