A nine-member team of British parliamentarians will meet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday to discuss the role of UK in Odisha’s development. The Chief Minister during his visit to the UK in May had met UK Minister for Department for International Development (DFID) Andrew Mitchell in London. He discussed with Mitchell about the assistance to the State for development of urban infrastructure and spreading education among SC/ST girl students.
The State Government has sought an assistance of ` 300 crore for a scheme to assist SC/ST girl students and ` 150 crore for development of urban infrastructure in the State. The UK parliamentarians will attend a meeting with Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik to know about the development challenges faced by the State Government while implementing developmental programmes along with the DFID support.
Besides, they will visit ‘Milk Mantra’, one of the leading dairy production plants of Odisha, at Gop near Konark. It has launched its flagship brand ‘Milky Moo’. The UK MPs will visit anganwadi centres to assess challenges and progress of DFID support to nutrition. They will also meet frontline health and nutrition workers to know about their role in delivering services to the community.