Make it operational as early as possible, says Naveen
BERHAMPUR: Chief Minister Naven Patnaik laid the foundation stone for the ninth Farmers’ Training Centre (FTC) of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) in the country at Karapalli village near Gopalpur in Ganjam district on Friday.
The BJD supremo was on his maiden visit to his home district after the elections. Newly-elected BJD MLA of Gopalpur Pradeep Panigrahy and chairman-cum-managing director of PNB, Kamalesh Chandra Chakraborty, Revenue Divisional Commissioner Satyabrata Sahu were present.
The Chief Minister advised officials to make the project operational as early as possible so that peasants reaped its benefits. The FTC project at Karapalli was to be established at a cost of around Rs. 10 crores by the PNB Farmers’ Welfare Trust. This trust functions without profit motive. The Orissa Government provided seven acres of land for this centre.
The centre would start functioning on Aug 15 at Gramsevak training centre at Rangeilunda, till its own building came up at Karapalli. Farmers, rural women and rural youth would be trained about modern modes of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry etc.
Mr Patnaik visited his own constituency Hinjli to thank his voters for getting him elected to the Assembly for the third time. During his whirlwind trip he attended several functions. At Hinjli he distributed sports equipment to rural youth clubs and farming equipment to peasants. He distributed nutrition kits to 54 children of poor families. He took part in a signature campaign at Hinjli to mark the World Environment Day. He wrote “keep Hinjli green’. He visited Shergarh area.