Bhubaneswar, March 15: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Fridayn hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for failing to provide jobs to youth in the state.
“Odisha has become the centre of unemployment as most of its youths are migrating to other states in search of jobs,” Gandhi said while addressing party workers in Bargarh district.
He stated there were 1.5 lakh government posts, 30,000 school teacher posts and 5,000 medical staff posts vacant in the state.
The Congress assured that his party will fill up the vacancies if voted to the power in the state.
Gandhi also raised the chit fund and mining scam issues to attack the state’s Biju Janata Dal government.
“Rs 5,000 crore was looted from the people by the chit fund companies and Naveen Patnaik handed over Rs 50,000 crore to his friends through the mining scam. I want to assure you that whoever looted public money, we will take action and provide justice.”
Citing examples of loan waiver and raising minimum support prices (MSP) on paddy in Chhattisgarh, the Congress Chief said that his party not only made promises but also fulfilled.
“The Chief Minister had promised to set up cold storages and provide irrigation facilities but farmers here continue to commit suicide. Similarly, the Prime Minister also raised farmers’ issues in all his speeches but unconcerned about waiving off farm loans,” he said.
Describing the Goods and Service Tax (GST) as “Gabbar Singh Tax”, Gandhi stated it will be a simple tax after Congress forms the government at the Centre.