Modi, Navin in Western Odisha

Battle Ground Western Odisha:
Modi, Naveen face off gathers foundation stones
BHUBANESWAR, 19/2(ONS) : Ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bargarh on February 21, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is on the spree of laying foundation stones

of projects amounting to Rs 450 crore in Kalahandi and Balangir districts.
According to BJD spokesperson, visit to Kalahandi and Balangir was part of the exercise started by the Chief Minister to implement the announcements made by him at the farmers’ convention at Sohela.
He also added that several announcements made by the Chief Minister at Sohela convention are already being implemented. The projects for which the Naveen laid foundation stones included the Upper Indravati canal and two mega lift points at Kesinga and Gudbhela. Besides, work has already started for providing a separate power feeder for agriculture for the benefit of farmers.
Sources close to BJD supremo said the Chief Minister will visit Jharsuguda and Rourkela on February 24, Sambalpur on February 27 and Keonjhar on February 29 as a part of this process.
The Chief Minister’s visit to Kalahandi and Balangir has, however, come in for strong criticism from the State unit of BJP. Such visits to lay foundation stones of projects ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to Bargarh will not help farmers in any way. BJP has also criticised the Government for its inability to check distress sale of paddy.
Stating that the Centre has already launched several steps for the welfare of farmers, BJP said the crop insurance scheme and Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana will be of immense benefit to farmers.
Addressing the Sohela convention on November 19, 2015, the Chief Minister had criticised the Centre for not releasing drought assistance and sanctioned Rs 1000 crore to deal with the situation. He had announced that Rs 35,000 crore would be spent on development of Western Odisha in next five years in the agriculture sector of which 80 per cent funds would be earmarked for agricultural development. “As much as Rs 8,000 crore of the total amounts will be spent exclusively on irrigation purpose,” Naveen said. ONS.