Bhubaneswar: Minister of State for Home Department, Dibya Shankar Mishra, shared the dais with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) event in Bhawanipatna of Kalahandi district on Monday sending a clear message to the opposition parties who have been demanding his removal for his alleged involvement in the Mamita Meher murder case.
Mishra’s presence at the event signifies that the Chief Minister has full confidence and faith on the Minister. He is not going to take action based on allegations levelled against the Minister without an iota of evidence.
The Minister is being targeted by the opposition BJP and Congress for the past few days over the lady teacher Mamita Meher murder case. He had earlier termed it as false propaganda and had urged the political parties and the media to go to the police or court if there is an iota of evidence against him.
Earlier today, several BJP activists had been detained by police ahead of the Chief Minister’s visit. The saffron party activists had staged a black flag protest at Mahavir Sanskrutik Anusthan (MSA) chhak in Bhawanipatna.
Despite the obstacles, the event was a success with the Chief Minister distributing the smart health cards of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) and dedicating projects worth around 10 crores. Around 14 lakh people of the district will be able to avail the benefit of the smart health card.
Addressing the people, the Chief Minister said that today Kalahandi has been making great strides in all areas. Saying that he came to Kalahandi in June to inaugurate the Indravati Lift Canal project, he added that today 68 percent of the district’s land is irrigated.
Farmers in Kalahandi have caught everyone’s attention today. While the district’s rice production has reached 74 lakh tonnes, it has also won national award for fish production. Kalahandi is the first among all the states to produce cotton said Patnaik adding that farmers’ incomes have risen sharply this year due to higher market prices for cotton.
The Chief Minister said that the infrastructure work in the district is going on very fast. He said a Rs 2,500 crore project is underway to supply piped water to every village in the district. Be it the Biju Expressway, the Bhawanipatna bypass, the Bhawanipatna-Rayagada road work, various grid substation work, the rehabilitation of slum dwellers in Kesinga, Kalahandi has been progressing quite successfully.
The women of Mission Shakti in Kalahandi are also doing a great job in the procurement of paddy, said the Chief Minister adding that the NITI Aayog has also recognized Kalahandi for its good work in the field of health and agriculture.
The Chief Minister also said that Kalahandi has become a prominent educational center today. Stating that Kalahandi University, Kalahandi Government Engineering College, Government Agricultural College have created opportunities for the children of Kalahandi, he added that the construction of a 100-seat government medical college in Kalahandi is nearing completion.
It is worthwhile to mention that the Chief Minister had on the occasion of 75th Independence Day announced to provide Smart Health Cards to 3.5 crore people in the State under BSKY.
The Smart Health Card will be provided to 3.5 crore people of 96 lakh families. Each family can avail treatment cost up to Rs 5 lakh per annum. Women members can avail this benefit up to Rs 10 lakh every year.
Odisha is the first state in the country to have provided such facilities in the health sector. This card will be given to all the beneficiaries phase-wise.
Beneficiaries of National and State Food Security Schemes, Annapurna, and Antodaya beneficiaries will get this card. The beneficiaries can avail health services in more than 200 hospital chains of the country including Odisha.