Claiming that his government was doing “exceedingly well” in achieving its promises despite fund cuts by the Centre, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said he believes in work and not publicity.
“My government is accountable to the people of Odisha. We believe in work and not in publicity,” Patnaik said at a hurriedly-convened media briefing in an obvious reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “deep slumber” barb against the state government.
Patnaik read out achievements of his governments, four days after Prime Minister Modi asked the people of Odisha whether the state government has ever presented the account during its over 16-year rule.
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Modi, while addressing a public meeting at Balasore on June 2, had also called upon the people to opt for a political change in order to develop, while dubbing the state government to be in “deep slumber”.
Targeting the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, Patnaik said “Most of the central government schemes, which used to be in the 90:10 sharing pattern have been changed to 60:40 or 50:50. This change in fund sharing will benefit developed states and deprive the not so developed eastern states, including Odisha.”
The rising trend of cess and surcharge further deprives Odisha of the due share in the central taxes. The service tax, which was 12.36 per cent in 2014, has now effectively become 15 per cent (inclusive of surcharge and cess), the Chief Minister said, adding that this would further increase prices, putting a heavy burden on the common man.
Stating that he has reviewed the achievements of different departments vis-a-vis the manifesto of the ruling BJD, Patnaik said “I am happy with the overall progress. We are definitely moving towards achieving our promises.”
“I am happy to note that most of the departments have done exceedingly well. In some areas, we have to improve. We are the only state in the country to adopt the manifesto as the agenda for governance the day we assumed office,” the Chief minister said.
Patnaik, who did not take any question, claimed that the BJD government has created record in providing shelter security to more than a million households and expressed confidence that the 2.3 million target would be achieved in the stipulated time.