The ignored facts in Governor’s address

BY A K Sahoo

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor S.C. Jamir on Tuesday made his last address to the state Assembly before winding up his five-year-term in the state. As expected, the first citizen of the state was all praise of the state government’s implementation of various schemes, pro-poor and pro-farmer policies.

Surprisingly, the Governor’s address, which is basically the State Government’s version told through him, – overlooked many burning issues that needed to be informed to the Assembly.

The Governor said the State Government is taking a number of initiatives to enhance food grains production. Food grains production is estimated to reach 107 lakh tonnes MT during 2017-18 and 122 lakh MT in 2018-18.

It’s praiseworthy that Odisha has been recording surplus production of several food grains. But the farmers are very often subjected to distress sale of these commodities because of lack of storage facility and proper marketing channel. No concrete assurances and plans to have found place in the address.

No mention has been made with regard to number of crop insurance beneficiaries. Nor has been any mention about the number of farmers availing crop loans at 1 per cent interest rate.

The Governor said more than 15.50 lakh pucca houses have been so far constructed for the rural poor while the state government is working on mission mode to ensure pucca houses to all poor rural households by 2019. In January 2018, the state government has set up a target to build 20 lakh pucca houses by December 2018. It implies that the government has fallen short of building 4.50 lakh houses in that year.

The Governor said the overall law and order situation in the state during 2017 remained peaceful, and free from any communal violence. However, there was no specific mention on the statistics of crime graphs. No specific mention about the reduction rate in the crime against women and Maoist menace furnished in the address.

The Governor did not spelt out numbers on the State Government’s achievement in reduction in the distressed migration from districts like Bolangir, Nuapara, Bargarh, Kalahandi and other adjoining districts.

No complete figure was given on the State Government’s achievement in combating child labour issue. Number of child labour rescued and rehabilitated under the State Action Plan missed in the address.

The Governor said the State Government has laid ‘Vision 2025’ for industrial development of the state with a target to attract Rs 2.5 crore of new investment aand generate 30 lakh jobs. However, the address made no mention about the total jobs generated in industrial sector so far.

There has no mention about the generation of jobs for the unemployed youths.

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