Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik gives 78.76 lakhs to Missionaries of Charity

In a move that could lead to sour relations between Centre and Odisha, Chief minister Naveen Patnaik Tuesday sanctioned ₹78.76 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to support 13 institutions run by Missionaries of Charity.

The move comes days after the organisation asked the central government to freeze its bank accounts following the Union home ministry’s refusal to renew its FCRA licence.

Odisha BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma said the chief minister’s decision may send a wrong message.

“The FCRA renewal of Missionaries of Charity was not done due to audit irregularities. Today’s order clearly shows his government would stand for Missionaries of Charity irrespective of its legalities and proprieties. In a federal government, when the Center takes certain steps, the states should respect it. But the move by Patnaik is against cooperative federalism,” Sharma said.

Missionaries of Charity runs a leprosy home on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar housing 300 inmates. It also runs 12 orphanages with 600-odd inmates. Besides, there are 87 sisters who look after the day-to-day affairs of these institutions.