News : Aahar Centres in Jagatsinghpur Opened
Odisha, India, April 15, 2016 -- Two Aahar centres in Paradip and one in Jagatsinghpur were opened on Thursday even as people here wondered about the justification of selecting Paradip. The port town is relatively better off in the sense that workers get decent wages and there are innumerable industries.
Industrial houses are being asked to fund the Aahar scheme whereas the same amount of money could be spent on other areas of infrastructure development or health care etc as part of the their CSR activity, noted local people.
The district administration has formed district Aahar Committee under the chairmanship of collector Bijay Ketan Upadhaya which had asked companies like PPT,PPL,IFFCO, IOCL, Essar Steel and others to participate in the Aahar scheme by sponsoring it.
At least 1500 poor people will be provided with rice and curry at Rs.5 on a daily basis. Each of the Aahar centre will feed 500 people per day.
The local Congress and BJP said the Naveen Patnaik government was not funding the project, it was entirely done by the private sector and PSUs.
Interestingly even the local BJD leader and Minister Damodar Rout had earlier suggested that there is no need for an Aahar Centre at Paradip but had retraced his statement subsequently.
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He however did not attend the inaugural functions as he was busy at another function in Bhubaneswar. In his absence, local MLA Kulamani Samal attended the programme at Paradip.
An executive of a private company shared the sentiment of the people that the centre was not required in Paradip. He felt that CSR funds are being misused by such schemes. Chairman of District Planning Committee-cumMLA Prasant Muduli launched muchhyped subsidised Aahar scheme at district headquarter hospital, Jagatsinghpur.
District Collector Upadhaya, former minister Bishnu Das and other officials were present in Jagatsinghpur while MP Kulamani Samal also launched this scheme at Paradip bus stand and Biju Memorial Hospital.
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Published: Monday, April 18, 2016