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Nirman Kusuma programme inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar:6/10/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated Nirman Kusuma programme to facilitate 100 per cent financial assistance to the children of construction labourers studying in different government ITI, polytechnic and diploma engineering institutions.

Gracing the launch event at Jaydev Bhawan here, Patnaik handed over the cent percent financial assistance to 500 beneficiaries from the State Construction Workers’ Welfare Board for pursuing their technical courses.

In his address, the Chief Minister said, “Under this scheme, the dream of the construction laboureres to provide their children with higher education will come true.”

“The financial assistance given to the girl children of the registered workers for pursuing education from Class VI to post graduation (PG) and for maintaining health has also been enhanced by 20%,” Patnaik added.

Under the ‘Nirman Kusuma’ scheme, financial assistance of Rs 23,600 was given to each for pursuing ITI course while Rs 26,300 financial assistance was given to each for pursuing polytechnic and diploma courses.

Thus, Rs 1.09 crore financial assistance to 1,878 beneficiaries was deposited in their respective bank accounts for the 2018-19 academic session.

The Chief Minister also announced that ex gratia amount for each registered construction worker, in case of natural death, has been enhanced to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1 lakh while the accidental death ex gratia amount has been hiked to Rs 4 lakh from Rs 2 lakh.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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