Addressing the 55th Utkal Jadav Mahasabha in Khariar (Autonomous) College ground, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik harped on development initiatives undertaken by his government. Terming the State as land of peace and non-violence, he recalled contribution of the Jadav community in helping the State prosper.
Patnaik also reiterated the commitment of the State Government for upliftment of backward people and pointed out to 36 per cent reservation for SEBC in the State and scholarship to 80,000 students belonging to the category. Minister Debi Prasad Mishra went a step ahead to woo the farmers and said Government has decided to reduce the farm loan interest for defaulters from 12 per cent to four per cent from April 1. CM inaugurated a 100-bed hostel for tribal girls on premises of Raja Artatran High School, Khariar and dedicated Internal Quality Assurance Cell building sponsored by UGC on the premises of Khariar (Autonomous) College.