Odisha govt is committed to reducing poverty to 5%: Governor Ganeshi Lal

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal on Tuesday said the government is committed to reducing poverty to five per cent by taking measures for improvement of agriculture.

Addressing the budget session of Odisha Assembly soon after its commencement today, the Governor said the government will spend Rs 50000 crore on irrigation and added that the effort to provide fifty per cent reservation in assembly and Parliament will go on.

In his address, Prof Lal highlighted the ruling BJD government’s achievements in the opening day of the 16th Odisha Assembly session.

The Governor said relocating 14 lakh people to safer places before the severe cyclonic storm Fani hit Odisha was one of the remarkable achievements of the government.

He said five cities of Odisha will be developed as smart cities and added that Metro train services between the capital city of Bhubaneswar and Millenium city of Cuttack will be introduced soon.

Prof Lal said in order to improve communication system in the state Biju Express Way will connect east-west and north-south end of the state.

The Governor said Puri will be made a world heritage city whereas all places of tourism importance will be linked and way-side amenities be provided on major roads. Efforts will be made for the formation of district tourism councils in the state for all-round improvement of tourism.

Highlighting various achievements of the BJD government which include the introduction of schemes including KALIA and Mission Shakti, the Governor assured that his government would continue its efforts to deliver transparent and pro-people governance in the coming days.

The Governor said that work on all the five medical colleges will be completed in three years.

He said an MSME welfare board will be set up to work for the sustenance and growth of those engaged in the MSME sector. They will be provided with loans on a concessional basis. The Aahaar scheme and Rs one per kg rice will be extended further, he added.

The Governor called upon the members to join him in paying tribute to former members of the House, including Ministers Bed Prakash Agarwalla and Gangadhar Pradhan and martyrs like CRPF Jawans Prasanna Sahoo and Manoj Behera and Rashtriya Rifles (RR) Jawan Ajit Kumar Sahoo.

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