Citing a litany of scams including the Rs 60,000 crore mining scam, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the mining mafia was actually running the Naveen Patnaik government by proxy.
Speaking at a rally in Semiliguda area of Koraput district on Monday, Rahul said natural resources like minerals that the tribals in Orissa preserved for decades were being looted while the tribals got nothing.
“There have been Rs 20,000 crore chit fund scam, Rs 22,500 crore rice scam, Rs 4,000 crore housing scam, Rs 700 crore mid day meal scam and Rs 500 crore NREGA scam during BJD government. The Centre has sent Rs 1,000 crore for tribals in last 10 years, but the tribals in Orissa have got none of its benefit,” he said.
Rahul alleged the state government was not implementing the PESA Act that would benefit the tribals. “The money under tribal sub-plan was also being diverted. We got Food Security Bill, but Orissa is yet to implement it. In the last 10 years we gave IIT, AIIMS, NISER, three medical colleges including one at Koraput and Rs 2,000 crore educational loan waiver to Orissa,” he said. Recounting the party’s long association with tribals, the Congress vice-president said in Niyamgiri, the Congress and tribals won against Vedanta despite attempts by the BJD government to give bauxite mining rights.