Surat: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurates Odisha Mahotsav in Surat. CM Naveen Patnaik announces financial aid of 10 crore rupees for establishment of Odiya cultural centre in Surat. CM also said Odisha govt will request Union Govt to start a direct flight between Surat and Odisha. Odisha government is trying to set up a +2 college in Surat, says CM Naveen Patnaik during ‘Odisha Mahotsav’ in Surat
More than two lakh people attended the programme. Among other present were ministers Smt Usha Devi, BK Arukh, SN Patra, Asok Panda, MPs and MLAs. CM Patnaik also hailed the spirit and skills of the Odia people in Surat their contribution towards the economic progress of both Odisha and Gujarat. He said Odias have carved a distinct identity for themselves across the country through their efficiency and hard work.
Further speaking about the Odisha government’s flagship Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), Patnaik said that the Odias residing in Surat can get benefits of the BSKY scheme.
“There is no need for Odias to fulfil APL/BPL criteria to avail the benefits. Under the yojana, medical coverage worth Rs 5 lakh will be provided to each family whereas Rs 7 lakh coverage will be given to women members of the family,” the CM added.
“We have adopted measures to ensure that the benefit of this programme reaches to each and every Odia residing across the country. Odia residents of Surat can seamlessly avail the benefits of this universal health programme,” Patnaik said.
Naveen announces Rs 10 Cr for Odia Cultural Centre at SuratThe Odisha CM also paid obeisance to Mahatma Gandhi and demanded inclusion of non-violence in the preamble of Indian constitution.