How Nabin Patnaik is defrauding Odisha?
On the eve of visit of Prime Minister to Odisha, Nabin Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha has played another political trick ( genuine fraud trick ) by writing a letter to the Central Govt. seeking allocation of more food-grains for 34.40 lakh people of Odisha under Public Distribution System covered under National Food Security Act. As per section 3(1) of the NFSA, the Central Government has fixed allocation of 21.09 lakh tons of food-grains for 3.26 crore beneficiaries i.e., poor people of Odisha whose food security is in danger, fixed by Central Govt ( schedule-IV of the Act). But as per the information obtained under RTI, presently total no. of 3.23 crore ( around 84 lakhs families ) are getting food grains under PDS in Odisha. Besides that around 10 to 15 lakh applications are pending in different blocks seeking ration card for food-grains under NFSA. They are poor and deserved to get the card. If both the figure ( 3.23 crore beneficiaries + 34.40 lakh families sought by CM to be covered under PDS ) is taken into account, then total no. of 3 .57 crore people of Odisha ( roughly 4 crore people ) deserve to get ration card, as they are poor and lives in food insecurity. As their food security has reached in such acute stage, they have come forward to take ration card just to get 5 kg of rice per person per month ( section 3 of NFSA) to satisfy their hungry belly.
It is concluded that in view of acute food scarcity of the poor and finding lakhs of genuine applications pending for ration card, Nabin Patnaik finding no way for solution of this problem has written letter to Central Govt. for additional allocation of food-grains for 34.40 lakh people of Odisha . It means the 18 years of Nabin Patnaik Govt. has made 4 crore of people poor who are unable to mobilise two square meal per day and deserve to get ration card.
On the other hand, the same Nabin Patnaik Govt. has claimed that poverty ratio has drastically reduced to 26.90 % in the state. In the State Economic survey report for 2017-18 presented in the last budget session, it is mentioned that the poverty ration which was 32.59% in 2011-12 has been reduced to 26.90 in 2017. Similarly, per capita income has increased to Rs. 72,780 in 2017 and estimated to reach at Rs. 92,727 in 2018. The state Domestic Growth Rate has increased to 7.14 which is higher than that of National growth rate ( 6.5).
If there is huge growth rate and substantial reduction of poverty in Odisha, then why 4 crore of people are still knocking at the door of Govt. to get just 5 kg of rice per month under PDS. Are they really poor or Nabin Patnaik Govt. has made them permanently poor. So that they can mobilise central fund in their name and loot it.
The above mentioned statistics shows how Nabin Patnaik is defrauding us showing us a false growth rate through statistical jugglery by keeping crores of people in abject poverty and hunger.