Kalahandi, 8/11: In a big development Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the distribution of smart health cards under the BSKY in Kalahandi district. About 1.4 million people in the district will benefit from this. Nine districts of the state, including Kalahandi, participated in the program. On the occasion, the Chief Minister inaugurated various projects worth Rs 860 crore in Kalahandi.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said that Kalahandi has been making great strides in all areas today. He came to Kalahandi last June to inaugurate the Indrabati Lift Canal project, saying that today 68 per cent 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 awards for fish production. “Kalahandi is the first state in the state to produce cotton,” he said, adding that farmers’ incomes have risen sharply this year due to higher market prices for cotton. ”
The Chief Minister said that three and a half crore people from 96 lakh households in the state would benefit from the Smart Health Card. This will help our poor people get rid of many health problems, especially financial ones. He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer. Now people can get better treatment at 200 major hospitals in the country by holding a piece of card without any hassle. “It simply came to our notice then.
“Every life is precious to him,” he said. Be it a farmer or a miller or a rickshaw puller – let everyone live with dignity. “It’s the goal of his various welfare programs,” he said.
“Odisha is the only state where the state government bears all the expenses from testing to treatment for all patients during the corona,” he said, adding that every life is worthwhile.
The Chief Minister said that the infrastructure work in the district was going on very fast. He said a Rs 2,500 crore project is underway to supply piped water toevery village in the district. Be it the Biju Expressway, the Bhawanipatna bypass, the Bhawanipatna-Rayagada road work, various grid substation work, the slum work of the slum dwellers in Kesinga – all this, Kalahandi has been progressing quite successfully, he said. “The mothers of Mission Shakti in Kalahandi are also doing a great job in the procurement of paddy,” he said, adding that the Kalahandi Policy Commission has also been recognized 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. Kalahandi University, Kalahandi Government Engineering College, Government Agricultural College today created opportunities for the children of Kalahandi, he said, adding that the construction of a 100-seat government medical college in Kalahandi is nearing completio.
The function was attended by Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari, Health Minister Shri Naba Das, Minister for Women and Child Development Mrs. Tukuni Sahu, Minister of State for Energy and Home Affairs Dibya Shankar Mishra among others. They believe that Kalahandi has become one of the leading districts in the state in agriculture and education today. They praised the Chief Minister’s foresight and commitment to the transformation of Kalahandi. They described the BSKY Smart Card as a “historic step” to provide better health to the people. n