05 March 2019
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Bhubaneswar: Presiding over the last meeting of his Council of Ministers of his Government formed for 2014-2019 stint, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today stated that the 4.5 crore people of the State belong to his family and the promises made to them being kept to create new Odisha.
In his keynote address, the Chief Minister said, “We had made promises to the people of Odisha five years before. My Government had on 21st May, 2014 got again the opportunity to serve the people with their blessings. On that very evening at the meeting of Council of Ministers, we had adopted our election manifesto as our Government’s resolution and principle.”
He stated, “I have been reviewing every year on March 21st at the Council of Ministers meeting how far the promises being kept. Now the term of five years is going to end. I am presenting before you how far we have fulfilled our promises given to you all.”
He also stated, “We have been able to tread this long way with the cooperation of all, starting from Asha to Anganwadi workers, Mission Shakti women brigade, Panchayati Raj representatives and the Ministers. Hence, all are being thanked.”
“The 4.5 crore people of Odisha are of my family. I have been serving Odisha with the blessings of Lord Jagannath and you all (people of Odisha). Whatever promises I make before my family, I’ll keep on working by fulfilling them in a bid to create new Odisha. Your blessings are my strength.” vowed the Chief Minister.
Later presenting some of the highlights of the manifesto promises made and achievements of his Government, the Chief Minister said, “So far shelter security is concerned, we have constructed more than 20 lakh pucca houses for our people during the last five years. Promised for creation of 10 lakh hectres of additional irrigational potential and we have created 9 lakh hectres and are in the process of creating 10 lakh hectres by May 2019. The details of the projects are given in the Water Resources Department's Web site.”
On Food Security for All, he said, “It is my firm belief that deserving people even if they are not in the BPL list must be covered under Food Security. Towards this objective, we are implementing our own Food Security Scheme.”
On Youth Ernpowerment, he said, “We are providing Education Loan at 1%. Career Counseling Centres have been opened in Universities and Colleges. We have provided direct and indirect employment opportunities to the 12 lakh youths out of which 1.12 lakh are in the Government sector.”
On the Universal Health Coverage, he said, “Through Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, we are providing Universal Health Coverage. Free medicines, diagnosis and treatment from Sub-Centres to Medical Colleges are being provided. While Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana provides upto Rs 5 lakhs health cover, in case of women it is Rs 7 lakhs.”
On the Social Security for All, he said, “We are covering 48 lakh deserving persons under our Social Security Schemes. This is one of the highest in the country as regards people covered and population.” On loan at the rate of one percent to farmers, he said, “From 2015 we have been providing at the rate of one percent and now in KALIA we are providing at the rate of zero percent.”
On Women Empowerment, he said, “We promised to provide SHG loans at the rate of one percent and now we are providing loans at the rate of zero percent interest. In addition to this, 70 lakh women are part of the socio-economic political movement.”
On Quality Education, he said, “We promise to provide Model Schools in all Blocks. In 190 Blocks Model Schools are functioning. In rest of the blocks, Model Schools will start in a year.”
On Scholarships, he said, “We promised to increase scholarships. About 70,000 students are now availing scholarships.”
On the Industrial Development, he said, “Both our Make in Odisha Conclaves have been hugely successful paving way for Employment opportunities for 30 Lakh youths.”
On the Shelter Security for Slum Dwellers, he said, “Our path breaking 3000 Mission will provide land rights to slum dwellers and property rights to deserving people in the Corporation areas.”
“In a phased manner, all Kachha houses in the State will be converted to Pucca houses. We have completed a record 20 lakh Pucca houses. All the houses with photograph of the beneficiaries and with GPS location are available in the Rural Housing Website of the State Government,” the Odisha Chief Minister averred.
On the KBK Areas, he stated, “We are continuing with special initiatives for KBK. In fact, Koraput and Bolangir Medical Colleges are functional and Kalahandi Medical College is under progress.”
“Biju Express Way is one of our biggest promises. More than 70 percent work is over and inaugurated,” the Chief Minister affirmed.
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