Bijoy skips BJP meet in Kendrapara, terms his party a ‘broker’


Bhubaneswar: Senior Odisha BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra today renewed his charge that Odias are ignored in getting jobs in IOCL refinery at Paradip, barely a week after he wrote to Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan voicing concern over the issue.

Mohapatra alleged that the youth from Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts did not got employment in IOCL’s Paradip Refinery during the last three years.

“Not a single local has been given appointment in the last three years,” the senior leader alleged while talking to reporters.

Asking the public sector oil company to tell how many locals have been appointed in the refinery, he said let IOCL give details of people they have recruited and from which village and panchayat.

The BJP leader also asked the company to share details of job given to anybody from Kendrapara or Jagatsinghpur district during the last three years.

Mohapatra also took exception to BJP leaders reacting to his allegation on the issue.

BJP refuted Mohapatra’s allegations with party state general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan claiming that IOCL has given details of Odias posted in executive, non-executive and contractual posts.


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