PHULBANI: The BJD-led Government has been the most stable and dependable as it has worked for the welfare of all sections of the society, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Monday. The Chief Minister was on one-day tour of Kandhamal district. He laid foundation stones and inaugurated several welfare projects and programmes at Phulbani, Daringibadi and Balliguda of the district.
Addressing several meetings, he said his Government has worked for people of all age groups, from the children to the old-aged and given priority to the poor, SC and ST and other backward sections.
“I have given instructions to all Collectors to be particular in redressing the grievances of poor people as BJD is the most committed party to their tangible development and welfare,” Naveen said. Noting that Kandhamal has the potential in tourism and horticulture sectors, Naveen said the State Government has been trying its best to explore this sector.
At Phulbani, he inaugurated 10 different projects in irrigation, education and skill development sectors estimated to cost `60 crore. The projects include skill development centre at Government Polytechnic Institution and ITI, upgradation of three high schools to Plus Two level, anganwadi centre at Palchi and sports complex at Budhadani village.
At Daringibadi, the CM inaugurated a fire station and laid foundation stones for other projects while at Balliguda, he dedicated to the public an indoor hall, town hall and a suspension bridge at Gunjibadi.
Earlier in the day, the CM’s visit was delayed by about an hour due to a technical glitch in his helicopter at Bhubaneswar. He landed here at 12.45 pm instead of the scheduled 11.45 am.
Ahead of his visit, 23 platoons of police force were deployed in Daringibadi, Balliguda and Phulbani and nine members of Congress and BJP were detained as a preventive measure.
Among others, Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Kesari Arukha, Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh, MLA Duguni Kanhor, Collector Reghu Ji were present.