Diarrhoea deaths kick up row in Odisha House

Diarrhoea deaths kick up row in Odisha House

Bhubaneswar: Death of six tribal people in diarrhoea at Kashipur block in Rayagada district in Odisha kicked up storm in Odisha assembly on Saturday.

The Congress Legislator Party leader Narasingha Mishra sought a statement from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The state government claims that it has successfully implemented the National Food Security Act (NAFSA), but many people deprived of food in Kashipur block, he said.

The Congress MLA said people of tribal and Jhodia communities are dying after consuming non-food items like mango kernel and liquor. At least six people have died due to consuming such non-food items in the last three days, Mishra said. Stating it is a very serious matter, Mishra demanded for a statement from the Chief Minister to know the circumstances leading to the death of people in Kashipur area.

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Joining his party colleague, another Congress member Taraprasad Bahinipati too urged Speaker B K Arukha gave a ruling asking the Chief Minister to make a statement. Rayagada MLA Makaranda Muduli has asked the state government to take steps before the diarrhoea turns into cholera. He has requested the government to send a high-level medical team from the state headquarters to the area for proper treatment of the affected people and examination of contaminated water. As the Speaker refused to give ruling immediately on the issue, Congress members created uproar in the House, which led to adjournment of the proceedings twice for 10 minutes and then, 15 minutes.