Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched and inaugurated several development programmes for the benefit of SC and ST students. The CM sanctioned Rs 101 crore scholarships through which 50,000 students received the money in their bank accounts.
Naveen inaugurated three Akanshya hostels and 68 hostels and gifted 5.75 lakh ‘Mo Chhatrabas’ (My Hostel) cards during the event which was held online.
Education is the basis of reformation, said Naveen and added that literacy is crucial for the development of SCs and STs in Odisha. “The State Government has always focussed on education for which our SC and ST brothers and sisters have been able to excel in different fields.”
Students can avail post-matric scholarships via Odisha State Scholarship Portal directly. Skill development is also very important for the growth of the SC, STs, and OBCs. Odisha Skill Development Authority is working towards programmes in this regard, the CM said.
Secretary to CM (5T) moderated the programme while Principal Secretary SC/ST Development Department Ranjana Chopra gave the inaugural speech. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Development Commissioner PK Jena and senior officials were present.