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OPCC demanded the Center to provide monthly financial assistance to poor people

Bhubaneswar:28/5/20: State unit of Congress today demanded the Centre to provide monthly financial assistance to poor people suffering from ongoing lockdown across the country.

“We demand Union Government to deposit Rs 7,500 in accounts of poor people at least for a period of six months to help them during lockdown,” said Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik at Speak Up India campaign here today.

Launching a scathing attack on both BJD and BJP, the PCC chief said that both the political parties have betrayed people of Odisha for which they went through tough situations arising out of Corona.

“People of Odisha are aware of the speeches delivered by BJP and BJD before elections last year. After being inspired by speeches, some might have cast their votes to BJP or some have voted the BJD to power. In the course of time, it was found that common people have been betrayed,” Patnaik said.

He alleged that the government has been formed only for promotion and publicity instead of addressing the genuine issues.

“This is the government of publicity, commitments and betrayal. The people of Odisha, as well as the country, have been betrayed by both BJP and BJD for which we all are suffering from the man-made disease,” Patnaik said.

Recalling Prime Minister’s speech on COVID-19 while enforcing nationwide lockdown, Patnaik said, “PM Narendra Modi had promised to win COVID battle in 21 days while referring Mahabharata war that had concluded in 18 days. However, the infections continue to spread across the country despite lockdown.”

He termed the spread of COVID-19 in the country as ‘human-made’.

This apart, he also demanded the State Government to ensure safe return of migrant labourers to Odisha. He also demanded for financial aid for farmers, who bore huge loss due to lockdown restrictions.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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