Bhubaneswar, Dec 8: Opposition Congress and BJP yesterday accused Odisha Government of negligence and suppression of facts while debating the Malkangiri Japanese Encephalitis (JE) deaths in the Assembly.
Main opposition Congress accused the State Government of deliberately neglecting the backward district in terms of delivering quality food, developing infrastructure, facilitating healthcare services and offering sanitation. While the government spent Rs 45 crore on Make in Odisha conclave, they spent as little as Rs 1.5 crore in delivering healthcare services in Malkangiri, they argued.
Taking part in the debate, Leader of BJP Legislature Party KV Singh Deo alleged the government of playing down the death toll in a bid to escape infamy and liability. The party put the JE death toll at 270, even though it didn’t cite the source of its number. On the other hand, the House was assured, that the JE situation is under control and the government is taking necessary steps to improve healthcare facilities in the district, by Health Minister Pradeep Amat.