Bhubaneswar, March 2
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the people not to lend their ears to any kind of rumors on the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme launched by his government.
He assured the people, while addressing gatherings at Jajpur and Bhadrak during his day-long visit to the two districts to inaugurate and lay foundation stones for a slew of development projects, that they need not believe the rumor campaign of the detractors of the scheme that it will be scrapped soon.
“The scheme will continue and no beneficiary has to return the assistance he or she receive,” Patnaik said.
He said no one can stop the scheme as it is the right of the farmers.
“The money belongs to the people for use in farming activities he said.
Patnaik also praised the Mission Shakti programme saying that the women are doing a lot of good work.
“Keeping their work in view, financial assistance is being provided without any interest,” he said.
Patnaik also reiterated his resolve to secure 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and State Assemblies.
“My efforts in this regard will contine,” he asserted.
Chief Minister during his visit inaugurated Utkal University’s first rural campus at the Bhairabananda Autonomous College premises in Chandikhol during a day’s visit to Jajpur district online during a playground event in Sunguda panchayat.
Among others, Higher Education minister Ananta Das, Badachana MLA Amar Prasad Satpathy, Higher Education secretary Bishnupada Sethi, Council of Higher Education vice-chairman Prof Ashok Kumar Das, Utkal University vice-chancellor Prof Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, Utkal University PG Council chairman Prof Brahmananda Satpathy, registrar Dayanidhi Nayak and OSD of the rural campus Prof Jagneswar Dandapat were present.
According to Utkal University’s College Development Council director Prof Santosh Tripathy, initially, two courses, Master in Public Health and MBA in Rural Management, will be taught at the campus. There will be 24 seats each for the two courses.
While the government has sanctioned Rs 2.20 crore to run the temporary campus, Rs 11 crore was sanctioned for the university’s permanent campus, construction of which has started in Sia panchayat. The campus will be completed by 2020.
The chief minister also inaugurated five projects worth Rs 109 crore, including a high-level bridge over the Badagenguti river on Badachana-Balichandrapur road, another high-level bridge over the Sanagenduti river on Sukadeipur-Tihakaranda road, a SC and ST hostel of Dhananjaya Vidyapeeth for 100 students at Baisimouza, a freedom fighter memorial at Badachana and a new District Audit Office building at Chandikhole.
The chief minister also laid the foundation stone of eight projects worth Rs 43.49 crore, which includes the development of Bandalo-Endarapada road and Lalitgiri-Udayagiri-Ratnagiri road, strengthening of Sanagenguti river embankment, a new grid sub-station at Balichandrapur and a high-level bridge over Sanagenguti river on the Bhubanapur-Jagannathpur road.
In Bhadrak district he inaugurated 16 projects worth over Rs 396 crore, including the upgraded Bhadrak-Chandbali road; a 132/33 KV grid station at Paikarapur; a 33/11 KV sub-station at Gadi and Mato; a new power grid station at Chandbali; a marine fish pre-processing centre and a skill development centre at Dhamara; a mini-stadium at Chandbali; a newly constructed building of Pantha Nivas and a District Tourism Office and government polytechnic institute in Bhadrak town.
The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of 19 projects worth over Rs 1,180 crore, including a mega drinking water supply project for Chandbali, Basudevpur, Tihidi and Dhamnagar blocks; construction of the Jamujhadi-Basudevpur-Dhamara road; a bridge over the Genguti river on Gobindpur-Nandapur road and another bridge over the Salandi river on the Barasar-Hengupati road; construction of roads for eight new routes; drinking water project in Raipur and Mahulia panchayats; a new building of the tehsil office at Chandbali and a new circuit house building in Bhadrak town.