Budget Session of Odisha Assembly begins with Governor’s address highlighting government’s performance

Bhubaneswar: Budget Session of Odisha Assembly begins with Governor’s address highlighting government’s performance.

Governor Dr SC Jamir claimed this while addressing the State Assembly on the first day of the Budget Session that began on Tuesday.

“Anti-poverty programmes of my Government, it’s pro-tribal and pro-women programmes, spirit of fighting against corruption and its attempt to empower all segments of population has resulted in setting national benchmarks in several sectors,” he said.

He said agricultural production and farmers’ income have doubled and more than eight million people have been brought above the poverty line. The Government now leads the country in implementing rural housing scheme. Model of disaster management has received international acclaim, said the Governor.

Due to efforts of the State Government, the Centre has already constituted a Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi dispute with Chhattisgarh, he said.

Jamir stated that the Government’s three ‘Ts’, Teamwork, Technology and Transparency, and three ‘Is’ Irrigation Infrastructure and Inclusion has resulted in the achievement of sustainable growth.

“My Government has created a new Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture and constituted a separate ‘Heritage Cabinet’ for conservation the rich cultural heritage, language and literature of Odisha,” he mentioned.

He said that the State Government has formed Special Development Councils in 9 tribal-dominated districts for the over-all benefits of the tribal communities.

Jamir claimed that by various efforts Bhubaneswar is gradually emerging as the sports capital of the country. While the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships has already been successfully hosted, the Kalinga Stadium is getting prepared for the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 in November-December.

He a target of production of 122 lakh MT of foodgrains set for 2018-19.

While the Infant Mortality Rate has been declined from 65 in 2005-06 to 40 in 2015-16, as many as 30.83 lakh mothers have been covered under the Mamata scheme, he said.

The Government told the House that as many as 1051 pipe water supply projects have been undertaken under the Basudha yojana to provide potable drinking water to people. All efforts have been initiated to provide electricity to all houses by December 2018.

The export turnover of the State has more than doubled to Rs 40,870 crore in 2016-17 against Rs 19,082 crore in 2015-16. While Odisha has registered highest growth rate of 114 per cent, the Union Government has recognised Odisha as the ‘Champion State’ for growth in exports.

The Governor said overall law and order situation in 2017 remained peaceful, free from any communal violence. Activities of the Left Wing Extremists (LWE) remained under control with no significant activities being noticed in the districts of Gajapati, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhan and Nabarangpur. Ti was contained to a large extent in Nuapada, Boudh, Nayagarh, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Sundargarh districts. It was challenging in parts of Malkangri, Koraput, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Angul, Balangir and Bargarh districts.

Staging that the Government has always given priority for overall development of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, the Governor said the repair and conservation work of Jagamohan has already been completed.

After a few minutes of the Governor starting his speech, the Congress staged a walkout in protest. “The House is only being shown a rosy picture,” said Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra.

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