Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is only rebranding the Central schemes in its name, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said following the respective claims over the implementation pro-poor scheme of ‘Re 1 per kilo rice’ in Odisha.
Union Minister claimed that rice at `1 per kg provided to below poverty line (BPL) beneficiaries in Odisha should be described as ‘Modi rice’ as Centre contributes `27 per kg while the State provides only `2. In such scenario, why the State government is making tall claims?”
Describing Javadekar’s statement as unfortunate, BJD spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Pratap Keshari Deb said after the National Food Security Act (NFSA) came into force, the Centre is bound to provide subsidised rice and it is highly inappropriate to call it ‘Modi rice’ scheme. Under the federal set-up, the Modi Government is doing what it is supposed to do, and it is not extending any special favour to Odisha, he said and added that Odisha Government launched the subsidised rice scheme at `2 per kg in 2008.
The NFSA was passed by Parliament in 2013 and implemented from May 2014, Deb said and added that the BJP should not try to take credit for scheme which is being implemented as per law.