Fourth test, 3rd innings of Naveen Government: Points to cheer about
On May 21, Naveen Patnaik led Biju Janta Dal (BJD) government completed third year in its fourth test and it has presented a list of achievements to flaunt and celebrate.
However, the road ahead for BJD doesn’t present a rosy picture in the backdrop of simmering fault lines erupting with several senior leaders questioning the intent and policy of the leadership.
Besides, the surge of its former alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could emerge a possible challenge and dash hopes of Naveen Patnaik that’s nurturing a wish to play the fifth test in 2019.
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Here’s a look at the achievements of Naveen Patnaik government in the last three years.
Agriculture: Corpus funds of Rs 100 crore each, for seeds and fertilizers, new agriculture policy and a special budget for farmers, crop loans at one percent interest rate.
Health: 7 new medical colleges though both State and Centre are at logger heads on the issue. Free medicines being provided to 1 crore people under Niramaya scheme, a flag ship programme of the state government.
Industry: Rs 50,000 crore investment in last two years, Make in Odisha, start up policies for MSME likely to trigger growth and seen as a catalyst for change.
Education: Higher education loan for students at 1 percent interest and 160 model schools set up.
Other Achievements: 11 lakh pucca houses constructed, 25 lakh women benefited through Mamata yojna, meals at Rs 5 under Aahar scheme, 40 lakh beneficiaries under Madhu Babu pension scheme.