Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: In a bid to seek the favor of the voters for the assembly election, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday during his visit to Koraput launched several developmental projects and promised a free flow of funds for the upliftment of the poor, particularly the tribals of the State.

At Koraput, Patnaik inaugurated a Cattle Breed Improvement Project that aims to breed animals through artificial insemination and highlighted on the different developmental projects and programmes being implemented in the State.

“The State has initiated various developmental projects and your support is crucial to its success. Steps are being taken for the development of health, education and irrigation in Koraput district. We are committed to ensure better irrigation facilities in the area and the work for it has already begun. At least one lift irrigation centre will be made available in every panchayat across the state,” Patnaik said in his speech.

Patnaik also launched the Sakshar Bharat Programme particularly for women to make all the non-literate women, literate. Apart from this Patnaik also launched as many as seven mobile veterinary units in the district, designed to provide veterinary services ti framers in the inaccessible areas of the district at their doorstep.

Among the other schemes, Patnaik also launched the Prerana scheme that would help students belonging to Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, Minorities and the socially backward classes to receive the post-matric scholarship amount without delay. The money will be deposited in the bank accounts of eligible students to ensure a hassle free disbursal. Patnaik also distributed Pattas under the Forest Right Act and homestead lands among some beneficiaries.

However, Patnaik during his visit witnessed noisy scenes and was opposed by the district’s Congress unit. Several Congress activists, shouted slogans against Patnaik and waved black flags.

Patnaik was forced to cancel his visit to Malkangiri due to bad weather on Thursday.

Source: 360 NS