Britain to support Odisha on WatSan project

Bhubaneswar: British secretary of state for International Development, Andrew Mitchell today assured Odisha government of his country`s continued support towards programmes relating to sanitation, pure drinking water, secondary education for tribal girls and others. Mitchell along with British High Commissioner James Bevan and DFID India Chief Sam Sharp met chief minister Naveen Patnaik here. The British delegation held discussions on different programmes being run with DFID assistance in the state, official sources said.

While highlighting different welfare schemes and programmes, Patnaik drew attention of the visiting British delegation towards newly launched Mamata scheme under which the beneficiary pregnant women get cash assistance of Rs 5,000 each for regular immunisation of new born child. Besides, Patnaik also informed the delegation as to how the state government had launched different schemes for women`s education, nutrition and other activities.

"Mitchell suggested Patnaik to take up sanitaion, pure drinking water scheme and others along with different poverty reducation programmes," a release issued by the Chief Minister`s Office said. DFID had been supporting Odisha`s different poverty alleviation schemes since 25 years, it said.