Mrunal Manmay Dash

Odisha Governor Raghubar Das, who is currently visiting various districts in Odisha, arrived at Rayagada on Friday.

He visited Gumma village under Sadar block by road from Koraput. The Governor offered Rs 25,000 financial assistance to one Lalita Bidika who did not have anything to survive on.

Das discussed with members of three Self Help Groups in Gumma before moving to Kadapadi Anganwadi Centre to speak with children.

After that, Das moved to Halua village under Rayagada block and received grievances from the farmers there. He advised the farmers to use organic manure in place of chemical fertilisers in their farmlands.

“I had the honour of speaking with the Governor today and apprised him of the hardships we are going through because of lack in irrigation facilities. I requested him to provide lift irrigation points or pumps so that we can get water easily for farming,” said a farmer from Jamulima, Malana Saraka.

He then visited Chintaliguda village under Tadama Panchayat, where he spoke with beneficiaries of PMAY and the students of Adarsha Vidyalaya.

On Wednesday, Das met a girl who is struggling financially to fulfil her aspirations of becoming an IAS officer. Moved by her struggle, the Governor extended financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to IAS aspirant Kabita Khara of Pangam Badaguda under the Mathili block of Malkangiri district.

Kabita expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the Governor after receiving the financial help.

However, the Governor's district visits have now triggered sharp political reactions from the major political parties in the state.

As per reports, the Governor not only receives complaints galore from people but also takes stock of the execution of projects at the ground level. During his visits to Angul and Dhenkanal, he inspected school infrastructure, an old age home, hostels, the pollution caused by MCL, falling groundwater level and elephant mayhem, apart from directly interacting with people. Later, he wrote to the CM to redress the issues on December 8.