BARIPADA: Bhubaneswar MP and BJP national spokesperson Aparajita Sarangi on Thursday accused the state government of failing to preserve ownership of the Haribaldevjew temple in Baripada, known as Dwitiya Srikhetra of Odisha.
Launching a scathing attack on the government during his visit to Mayurbhanj district that day, Aparajita said that out of the total of over 44,221 acres of temple land under the endowment department, only 8 to 10% of land in the name of the sanctuary now and while the rest has been wrongly registered in the name of private individuals and government institutions.
“These lands were given on lease which expired years ago. The lands have yet to be registered under the endowment department and illegally occupied due to lack of interest from the state government,” the MP alleged. of the BJP.
While attending a Mission Shakti program in Baripada ahead of the 2019 general election, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik pledged to build a ring road in the town to prevent flooding from the Budhabalanga River. But the road project has not yet materialized, she said.
The BJP leader also claimed that the Subarnarekha Irrigation Project (SIP) was not fully functioning due to which hundreds of thousands of farmers in Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts were facing difficulties in irrigating their lands.
The government has yet to take any action to resolve the inter-state dispute between Odisha and Jharkhand over the release of water through the canals for the benefit of farmers.
While at least 28 neighborhoods in Baripada city are facing severe water crisis, Jambhira Drinking Water Project has not yet become functional due to the government’s nonchalant attitude. State. Aparajita blamed the lack of government interest for the lack of rail connectivity between Bangiriposi and Gorumahisani.
“The state government should take steps to revive the Baripada Spinning Mill and establish a steel mill in Rairangpur as these projects will create employment opportunities and boost the economy of the tribal district,” she added.
The BJP leader said she will hold talks with MP for Mayurbhanj and Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti Bishweswar Tudu on the issue of revival of Ayurvedic and Homeopathic colleges in Mayurbhanj. Aparajita was in Mayurbhanj to attend a Ram Mandir Pratistha Utsav in Bhugudakota.