Jagatsinghpur is one of the most advanced districts of the State with industry and agriculture flourishing, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
“The upcoming industries will change the socio-economic profile of the locals for the better,” he said while addressing a gathering at Nuagaon on Saturday after inaugurating a bridge on the river Devi. Naveen, however, chose to keep mum on the Posco imbroglio. Reiterating the commitment of his government towards development of the under privileged sections of society, he said the Biju Setu Yojana of the State Government would prove to be a vital communication link for rural parts of the district.
He also spoke about free bicycle scheme, Gopabandhu Gramin Yojana and ‘Mamata’. Local legislator Bishnu Das, who presided over the meeting, said many new public utilities including a bus stand and Sanskruti Bhawan are in the offing for the people of Jagatsinghpur.
Health Minister Damodar Rout who was scheduled to attend the meeting at Nuagaon skipped, reportedly due to internal bickering in the BJD district unit and differences with Bishnu Das.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister laid a foundation stone for a new polytechnic college at Jagatsinghpur which will come up at a cost of Rs 12.30 crore. The decision to set up the college was taken by the Central Government three years back. He also laid the stone for a fire station at Biridi which will be set up at a cost of Rs 55 lakh.
Naveen was accompanied by District Collector SatyaKumar Mallick and SP Satya Kumar Bhoi.