Bhubaneswar: Refuting allegations that poor
people in the KBK region died of gastroenteritis by consuming
mango kernel and other "uneatable" stuff in recent months, the
Orissa government today claimed that Rs 2 a kg rice scheme was
doing well in the area.
"Allegations that people are deprived of cheap rice in
KBK region is incorrect. The scheme is doing very well across
the state," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters.
Reacting to the opposition Congress allegations on
cholera and diarrhoea deaths in the tribal dominated areas,
Patnaik said the state government had taken adequate steps to
contain spread of water borne diseases in the southern region.
While 25 medical teams were working in cholera-hit
Rayagada district, 30 more doctors and 40 para-medical staff
would rush to the area soon, he said, adding the health
minister and health secretary would visit Rayagada soon.
A Congress team led by its working president Lalatandu
Bidyadhar Mohapatra, however, claimed that poor people had
fallen ill by consuming mango kernel and other uneatable stuff
in Kashipur block of Rayagada due to non-availability of cheap
"A large number of people in Kashipur showed us dry
mango kernel being consumed by them. In the absence of safe
drinking water, people get infection by consuming water from
spring and ditches," he alleged.
Claiming that 45 people have succumbed to diarrhoea and
cholera in Kashipur alone, Mohapatra said over 100 people died
in Rayagada. "The situation is totally out of control in
Rayagada where people are dying without medicines, water and
food since last three months," he said.