Balasore, Oct 1 (Odisha.in) The BJP leaders of coastal Balasore district has joined voice with the opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which slammed the BJP-BJD coalition government for failing to provide succor to the flood-hit people of North Orissa districts.
Ex-MLA and former district president of BJP Jiban Pradip Dash has threatened to take to the streets if the government failed to provide post-flood relief to all flood-victims of the district within seven days.
“Though the district administration claims to have distributed relief materials to all the flood victims, but in reality thousands of deluge-hit people are starving in remote areas of the district. People are lacking polythene sheets and safe drinking water besides the food items,” Dash told.
“In many areas waters not have been disinfected, no medical team has visited the worst-hit pockets of flood-affected blocks and halogen tablets also have been distributed due to lack of co-ordination among the officials in the administration,” Dash, who is also the president of Balasore-Bhadrak Central Co-Operative Bank, claimed.
The BJP leader’s claim has come as a bolt from the blue as BJP is the ruling partner of the coalition government.
A day ago a host of NCP leaders including Ashok Das, Bijay Mohapatra, Arun Dey, Anadi Sahu and Amar Satapathy who visited the areas of Sadar, Basta and Remuna blocks of Balasore district blamed the State government for its indifferent attitude while providing succor to flood-victims.
“The devastation is no less than that of 1999 super cyclone. But ask the people what they have received from the government. It has miserably failed to tackle the impact of floods,” Das pointed out.
Stressing on implementation of permanent flood control measures Mohapatra said, “The northern districts are facing flodds time and again. The government should take some bold steps for its permanent solution.”
He also blamed the administration for not providing cooked food to the flood-victims those have lost all their belongings and taken shelter on national highway, schools and highlands.
Earlier, central minister Chandrasekhar Sahu and PCC president Jaydev Jena too had pointed out inadequate relief distribution after visiting the affected areas of Simulia, Soro and Khaira blocks.