Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik continued with his Centre-bashing during a whirlwind tour of Sundargarh on Thursday.
After arriving at Lahandabud area under Sundargarh Assembly segment, he inaugurated a 100-bed hostel for tribal boys and laid foundation for a similar 200-bed hostel at Kutra in Rajgangpur Assembly segment.
Naveen also distributed goodies to beneficiaries and inaugurated the new tehsil building.
At a public meeting, the Chief Minister linked development of the tribal population to that of Odisha and listed out several tribal welfare schemes. He laid thrust on improving tribal literacy and spoke about initiatives taken at remote tribal areas to augment education infrastructure and facilities.
Also present were Rajya Sabha members Mangla Kisan and Dilip Tirkey, Minister Subrat Tarai and WODC chairperson Padmini Sekhar Deo.
Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated the BNRGSK building and blood bank at Bonai under Bonai Assembly segment and also handed over assets and cheques to beneficiaries.
At a public meeting, Naveen flayed the Centre for allotting a paltry Rs 869 crore in the Railway budget against the State’s revenue contribution of Rs 14,000 crore. He castigated the Centre for denying Odisha its ’just share of royalty on minerals.’
He also spoke about initiatives taken by his government to benefit unorganised workforce attached to the building and construction sector, women empowerment, health, education and farm sectors.
Speaking on the occasion, sacked minister Sarada Prasad Nayak heaped praises on Naveen’s leadership.
Nayak claimed the neglected Bonai sub-division was put on the development tracks only by the BJD-led government.
Among others Dilip, Rourkela unit BJD president AC Mohanty and former MLA Dayanidhi Kisan spoke.