As the Opposition stepped up its anti-Naveen campaign, the Chief Minister has embarked on a tour of the districts to reach out to the people.
After the 10-day mass contact programme from October 2 to 11, the Chief Minister turned attention to his Assembly constituency Hinjili where he inaugurated and laid foundation stones for a slew of projects. During a whirlwind tour of Hinjili and Sheragada, Naveen inaugurated police station buildings, gram panchayat offices and distributed assistance among beneficiaries of different welfare schemes.
Giving a clear message to the people of the constituency that elections are round the corner, Naveen inaugurated a bridge on the main canal of Rushikulya at Sheragada and a pipe water project at Takarada.
Among other things, the Chief Minister launched a LPG supply scheme for BPL families and inaugurated the corporate social responsibility (CSR) at Sikiri.
He also inaugurated an office of revenue inspector (RI) at Kunchuru, ITI building at Pochlima and a citizen’s facilitation centre on the Hinjilikatu block office premises. Besides, Naveen laid the foundation stone of a 200-seat ST hostel and a pipe water scheme at Hinjili as part of his day long programme.
Besides the 2014 assembly polls, political parties are also preparing for the urban body polls next year. The Chief Minister has already announced several programmes for the urban poor, including the scheme to rehabilitate slum dwellers.
This is the fourth district visited by the Chief Minister during the last fortnight. Besides participating in the party’s padayatra in the Capital City, Naveen also inaugurated a sewage scheme funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at Cuttack.
Though visits to three or four districts do not imply that he is preparing for polls, his itinerary for November, December and January give enough hints in this direction.
Another indication of Naveen’s move was clear from the agenda of the recently held collectors conference. Only implementation of the welfare programme were reviewed and the collectors directed to regularly meet people to address their grievances.