**Kalahandi: ** As BJD supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been on his campaign trail since yesterday in Nuapada and Kalahandi districts canvassing for his party candidates for the Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat and all the Assembly seats under its jurisdiction, today also he addressed public meetings at Jaypatna and other venues.
He has been addressing several public meetings since yesterday at various venues of adjoining Nuapada and Kalahandi districts as both come under the Kalahandi parliamentary constituency. He even did roadshows by bus at Khariar in Nuapada via Sinapali, Golamunda, Dharmagarh, Junagarh and Bhawanipatna town and had his night halt at Bhawanipatna, the district headquarters town of Kalahandi.
Before embarking on his today’s hectic campaign, the regional satrap went to have darshan of Maa Manikeswari at Bhawanipatna.
Responding to media queries after paying obeisance to Kalahandi’s presiding deity, the BJD supremo said, “I have just come to do darshan of Manikeswari and Maa Manikeswari will take care.”
On being further asked about response of the people, he commented, “Excellent response! We’ll have excellent results.”
“We’ll do a great deal for Kalahandi’s development,” he asserted.
Addressing the public meetings, Naveen Patnaik reiterated, “The women of our society are the real double engine of development. We are laying utmost stress on the women and girls in the manifesto of Biju Janata Dal (BJD). After the formation of BJD Government, the Rs 7 lakh facilities to each woman beneficiary under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) will be enhanced to Rs 10 lakh. Girls will be given free education starting from KG to College, Engineering, Medical, et al. Rs 25,000 for marriage assistance to the poor girls.”
“Excellent insurance will be made available for the women of all the Self Help Groups (SHGs). All SHGs will be provided Rs 5 lakh loan each at zero percent interest rate. The women of Mission Shakti will also be provided Rs 5,000 crore government business per year. Starting from mid-day meal (MDM), PDS, paddy procurement to the manangement of Ashram schools, management of tourist facilities, hospital management, transport sector management, tax collection, school uniform supply and many others will be entrusted with the women of Mission Shakti,” he announced again.
Taking a dig at the Central leaders, the Odisha Chief Minister again burst, “The stalwarts from the Centre think about Nuapada and Kalahandi only at the time of election. Ask them where is the Bhawanipatna Rail Wagon factory? Where is the double MSP? Where is the ‘har khet ku pani’ (irrigation to every farmland)? Why was KBK Yojana stopped? Why was the scholarship of ST/ SC students stopped? The farmers are left in the lurch even after insuring crop, while the insurance company reaping the profit.”
Striking once again the emotional chord, Naveen committed, “4.5 crore people of Odisha are my family. I’ll keep on serving you till my last breath. You all bless me. Cast vote on conch symbol, twice, once for the MLA and another for the MP.”
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