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Naveen sums up his 14 years as era of fast track development

 

Last updated Wednesday July 06, 2016

Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, Development  
 
Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha is applauded as well as criticised by different segments for linking people with schemes since the foetus days till the cremation ground. Opposition political parties blame the Naveen government for engineering scams and promoting fast loot of natural resources. But to the Chief Minister, his rule of 14 years in Odisha is the era of fast track development in almost all sectors.  

A CMO Release

 
 

Below is how Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sums up his rule of 14 years in Odisha.

“Our Government is proud of its accomplishments during our tenure over the last 14 years. We have been delivering consistently on the promises that were made to the people of Odisha from time to time.  Our Government has persevered hard for the social and economic development of the State.  Most of the key projects whether in industrial, agricultural, health, education, infrastructure and information technology sectors have been put up on the fast track.

Our Government has emphasized its commitment to the poor and the marginalized.  The outlay on the various welfare Schemes run by the Government in its Departments has increased manifold.

 

Our Government’s vision for the State is based on the underlying principles of equity and inclusiveness and we are committed to work unflinchingly towards realizing this.

I am happy to inform in this August House that consistent with   the development ambitions of our State, our Plan size which was Rs.2,484 crores in  1999-2000 has increased to Rs. 21,467 Crores in 2013-14 and  is likely to rise to Rs.27,000 Crores for the year, 2014-15.  Our State has recorded an average annual growth of 8.23% during the 11th Plan. During the first two years of the 12th Plan, the faulty policies of the Central Government and the general economic slowdown have affected growth but we certainly hope to do better in the coming years. The real per capita income in Odisha, at 2004-05 prices, has increased from Rs.14,862 in 1999-2010 to Rs.26,900 in 2011-12, an increase of 77% during the period. Our State achieved the highest reduction in poverty among all Indian States when the ratio dropped by 24.6 percentage points in a 6 year period from 2004-05.

Our Government shall ensure that all sections and all regions of the State get the benefit of development which the State is   witnessing now.  The   Western Odisha Development Council has been constituted which is dedicated   to development programmes under Key Sectors like Roads, Communication, Agriculture, Minor Irrigation, Lift Irrigation, Water Supply, infrastructure development for Schools and Colleges, health services, electrification of villages and so on.

For improving the Socio-economic conditions for weaker sections  of the Society in KBK districts, flagship Schemes like special plan for the KBK districts or RLTAP, Biju KBK  Plan are being implemented in the districts.  Besides, Biju Kandhamal ‘O’ Gajapati Yojana and Integrated Action Plan for the  Left Wing Extremist affected districts have been launched in the State.

Realizing the importance of agriculture in the socio-economic development of the State, our Government has taken the initiative of bringing out an exclusive budget for the Agriculture sector. The allocation for agriculture and allied sectors in this budget has been substantially enhanced from Rs. 5627.87 crores in 2012-13 to Rs.7161.84 crores in 2013-14. Our State has taken up interventions aimed at bringing about visible changes in the farming community such as the introduction of free health insurance Scheme named Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana (BKKY) to farmers and land-less farm labourers that covers 5 persons of the family for an insured amount of Rs.1.00 Lakh.This will benefit 60 lakh families numbering 3.00 Crore persons involving an annual outlay of Rs.131.00 Crores.  Our Government is extending short term farm credit at the lowest ever interest rate of 2% to farmers through the State Co-operative Bank and Commercial Banks.  The State Government has completely waived Stamp Duty on loan documentation.  1.2 lakh hectares of new irrigation potential has been created through new small and Lift Irrigation projects including rehabilitating some of the defunct Lift Irrigation points which has brought visible improvement in the Socio-economic Status of about 1.17 lakh marginal farmers of our State.

To provide latest and advanced technological support to farmers, our Government will be establishing 10 Agriculture Polytechnics in the State to create a professional cadre in agriculture, horticulture, veterinary science, animal resources and fisheries.

For the pre-school Children our Government has launched  a new Scheme,  named Nua Arunima which is a vibrant  Pre-School education package comprising School uniforms for children, play materials, teaching and learning aids  involvement of parents, guardians and grandparents in the activities of the children, celebration of different days at the Anganawadi Centres, etc.

Our Government has adopted multipronged approach for the development of ST & SC population.  We have upgraded 22 Ekalavya Model Schools to +2 level so that the access to higher Education is increased for ST & SC students in our State.  It has been decided to open Urban Hostel complexes for ST & SC Boys and Girls at Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Rourkela.  On line transfer of post-matric stipend to the Bank accounts of ST & SC students has been made operational.

Our Government is one of the best achievers in the implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006 and land rights to the extent of 4.73 lakh hectares of forest land have already been distributed to tribals.

Our Government is taking all initiatives to improve the lot of Kendu leaf pluckers.  6.15 lakh kendu leaf pluckers and binding workers have been enrolled under Aam Admi Bima Yojana of LIC, India. For the first time this year we will be distributing the profits among 9 lakh kendu leaf workers.

A major initiative that our Government has taken is to ensure that all disadvantaged sections in our State get adequate access to food grains.  Our Government has provided rice at subsidized rate at the rate of Rs.1.00 per Kg. to 60.98 lakhs families and other needy persons.

It gives me immense satisfaction to say that our preparedness during Super Cyclone “PHAILIN” that struck Odisha coast in the month of October, 2013, added by accurate meteorological forecast helped us save thousands of lives apart from significantly containing consequential damage.  Mass evacuation on an unprecedented scale to shelter homes saved many precious human lives.  Our Government’s efforts have been globally appreciated. Even the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General felicitated our Government’s efforts in evacuating nearly a million people ahead of the severe tropical storm.

I would once again like to stress that, my Government will continue to work to serve the people particularly the economically and socially under privileged sections in our State to realize our dreams of a prosperous and progressive Odisha.  Let us pledge that we shall strive to take Odisha forward in its journey towards social and economic development and, with the blessings of the 4 crore people of our State, we will continue our good work in the days to come.”

 
   
 

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