Odisha CM distributes houses, land patta to slum dwellers

Bhubaneswar
6 Mar 2019

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today distributed houses and land patta to slum dwellers under the Urban Housing Mission scheme here.
Patnaik at a public meeting here handed over keys of houses to 110 slum dwellers and land patta (land record) to 8,600 beneficiaries residing under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) limit. He claimed that the BJD government has fulfilled all the promises made to the people "I get maximum satisfaction in seeing happiness of poor people," the chef minister said while addressing the meeting. He said welfare of poor people has always been the top priority for his government. "I am always with poor and will continue work for protecting their interests," he said.
Patnaik also inaugurated the housing scheme for additional 10,000 slum dwellers in the city. He said, Odisha government's Jaga Mission for the people residing in various slums in the state is first of its kind in the country. During the event, the chief minister also laid the foundation stone for the construction of various road and drainage projects under the Bhubaneswar Central and North Assembly Constituencies.Earlier in the day, Patnaik attended a meeting of Mission Shakti of women at Bolangir. "While the Mission Shakti women were provided loan at one per cent interest rate in 2015, now they are being given the loan at zero per cent interest rate," he said.
It may be added here that Patnaik, who completed 19 years in the office on Tuesday claimed his government had fulfilled the promises made to the people of Odisha before the 2014 elections. Patnaik said this while presiding over the council of ministers meeting at the state secretariat which was for the first time telecast live on television channels. Assembly elections in Odisha would be held along with the Lok Sabha elections. "The four-and-half crore people of Odisha is my family. We have fulfilled promises made to the people before the 2014 elections and will continue to do so in future also," Patnaik said.
He claimed that his government had met the aspirations of women, youth, slum dwellers, farmers and different categories of people. While reviewing performance of his government, Patnaik highlighted the newly-launched Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (Kalia) scheme. During the last 60 days, financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore has been disbursed to more than 32 lakh small and marginal farmers and landless agricultural labourers through direct benefit transfer. Patnaik also transferred the financial assistance to another 4.8 lakh beneficiaries of Kalia scheme to their bank accounts. The second installment of Rs 5,000 each will be released on April 1 on Utkal Divas. The chief minister recalled that he had held the council of ministers meeting on the first day his government came to power for the fourth time on May, 2014.
Then, the poll manifesto of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), was accepted as the state government's agenda for the next five years. Patnaik for the first time had taken oath of the office as the chief minister on March 5, 2000. He has been elected thrice after that in 2004, 2009 and 2014. March 5, the birth anniversary of legendary Biju Patnaik, is observed as Panchayati Diwas. The ruling party has been named after Biju Patnaik. Naveen Patnaik is the younger son of Biju Patnaik. (PTI)