Naveen calls for restoration of peace in Kandhamal

Staff Reporter

Chief Minister interacts with youth during his visit in the district

The Chief Minister takes part in a series of programmes

State to spend Rs. 60 lakhs on ‘Antaranga'

BERHAMPUR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, during his visit to Kandhamal district on Wednesday, urged the youth to play a major role in the restoration of peace in the communal riot-hit region.

During his visit he took part in a series of inauguration and stone-laying ceremonies. He interacted with youth from different parts of the district at the Sarvasikshya Abhiyan conference hall in Phulbani.

He said peace and development were basic needs of very individual. He announced that Rs. 60 lakhs would be provided to the district for implementation of the ‘Antaranga' project in the district. Under this project, each block of the district would get Rs. 5 lakhs for the use of youth force for communal harmony and developmental activities in their area.

Mr. Patnaik arrived at the district headquarters Phulbani in the morning.

The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for a 100-bed hostel for tribals and scheduled castes on the premises of the ITI in Phulbani. He also visited the apparel making training centre there. Later, Mr. Patnaik headed for Gudari. There he laid the foundation stone for a medium irrigation project. A State-level meeting on the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was held at Gudari.

The Chief Minister said his government was making all efforts for the success of the MGNREGA in the State.

According to him, the daily wage of labourers involved in earth work had been enhanced from Rs. 120 to Rs. 145. He said that under the ‘Mo Pokhari Yojna' five lakh ponds would be dug up in the State during next five years.

Mr. Patnaik said that to enhance education facilities for the downtrodden living in remote areas of the State, during next few years hostel facility would be extended to five lakh tribal and Scheduled Caste students. He also said that the government was trying to bring 35 per cent of the land of the State under irrigation facilities.

Returning from Gudari, he laid the foundation-stone for a polytechnic college and a CT training School in Phulbani. State Panchayat Raj Minister Prafulla Samal accompanied the Chief Minister during this visit.

Congress protest

A group of youth Congress leaders tried to protest against the visit of the Chief Minister by showing black flags to him near Petrol tank square in Phulbani. Twelve youth Congress activists, including district youth Congress president Prabhat Kumar Behera, were taken into custody.