Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

His modus operandi behind renaming KBK Plan by the name of his father Biju Patnaik exposed threadbare in, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has started newer acrobatics to divert public attention from this anti-democracy design. He has announced launching of a rural Plan in the name of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das, which would be implemented in 11 districts beyond the eight districts comprising KBK.

His sycophants have started saying that there is no motive behind renaming KBK Plan as Biju KBK (BKBK) Plan. Naveen is in favor of naming welfare Plans by the name of persons who have sacrificed for the State. Launching by him of the Gopabandhu Gramina Yojana (GGY) is a proof of this.

What a plan to carry out a nefarious design!

Mark the formations.

The old components of eight districts comprising the KBK area, namely Kalahandi, Koraput, Rayagada, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Nabarangapur, Sonepur and Bolangir are now stamped as BKBK Plan Districts. Naveen has gone to those districts at the moment to launch the so called BKBK Plan for which the State exchequer is to spend Rs.600 crores.

In the GGY area, again to be implemented with Rs.600 crores, eleven districts, namely Angul, Balasore, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri are posted. That this is born out of fidgetiness after Naveen’s ill motive behind announcement of the BKBK Plan was exposed is clear from inclusion of Bargarh in GGY. Till a new Plan of such genre is generated, Bargarh shall have to be controlled by the supposed authority of GGY by geographically jumping over Sambalpur from Angul. Had there been any application of mind to the real issue before announcing, Bargarh should have been posted to BKBK Plan instead of GGY. Why there was no application of mind? That was because there was no time. It was imperative and urgent for Naveen to announce this new scheme by the name of Gopabandhu in order to cover up his evil design in renaming KBK after his father.

Is this new surge of notoriety over? No.

His next but yet undeclared plan is clubbing the rest of the districts: Gajapati, Ganjam, Phulbani, Boudh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Deogarh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj in a Sub-Plan to be named after his mother Gyana Patnaik.

A former activist of Communist Party of India who had defected into the Janata Dal and continues in the BJD syndicate told me that Gyana Patnaik was the person under whose signature the Kalinga Industries had been “gifted away” to IDC and it being the first industry under IDC, Smt. Patnaik can be called as the mother of industrialization of Orissa. Therefore, naming of the third cluster by her name would be appropriate, he asserted.

How the so called “gift” was a fraud played against the people of Orissa has been discussed in these pages in a different context. Had our administrative machinery been vigilant and pro-people, she and her husband could have never escaped the Laws for the criminal conspiracy they had cooked up and the consequent fraud they had played against our people.

It would therefore be a fit case to watch how our people react to naming of a State Plan in her name; if at all the whispering of the BJD leader comes true.

But Naveen Patnaik is bound to launch the third Sub-Plan, in whatever name it be styled, covering the aforesaid districts as they cannot be left out, the advanced districts having already been covered by GGY. And, the cash involvement in this case would be Rs.600 Crores, if not more.

This means, the State is to spend another 1800 crores of Rupees from its own resources for programs coverable by the Center.

This is an instance of mismanaged administration. There is no planning for these so-called Plans. No fund provided for in the budget. No lacunae located. No prioritization arrived at. No source of support contemplated.

The impromptu announcement of GGY and the impending announcement of the program, yet unnamed, for the third cluster of the districts are neither study-based nor necessity-propelled. They are designed only to cover up the mischievous motive of Naveen Patnaik in his self-centric attempt to instigate the people of KBK area against the Center in the name of his father, lest people rise to reality.

This motive is more dangerous than the maladministration he has unleashed.

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