CM Naveen Patnaik said the aspirations of people of Odisha reflected in the annual budget

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said the aspirations of people of Odisha have been reflected in the annual budget which was presented in the Assembly today.

The CM said two of the major manifesto promises–to expand KALIA and include all eligible farmers, landless labourers and sharecroppers and to provide health coverable to women up to Rs 10 lakh– have been fulfilled in the budget.

“Our KALIA scheme continues with its scope enlarged to cover 75 lakh farmers. Under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana women will get annual medical assistance up to Rs 10 lakh, highest in the country,” Patnaik said.

“I am happy to note that funds have been allocated for Odia University as well as restoration work for cyclone FANI,” the CM pointed out.

“Rs 100 crore has been allocated for JAGA Mission to empower slum dwellers and Rs 130 crore for Mission Shakti Ghar at Gram Panchayat level,” he added.

“Overall, it is a pro-farmer, pro-women, pro-poor and growth-oriented budget,” he maintained.

The CM further stated that Odisha’s economy has grown faster than the national average over the last six years.

“I congratulate finance minister for presenting a progress budget with a strong focus on development to accelerate the inclusive growth. I hope this budget will fulfil the aspirations of the people of Odisha,” the CM added.