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Naveen Patnaik announced extending the benefits of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana to Odia speaking people in Gujarat

 Surat:17/12/18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a set of initiatives for the Odia speaking people in Gujarat including extending the benefits of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) for them at a well-attended event in Surat.
He said his government will take steps to extend the benefit of the healthcare scheme for Odias’ across the country including those in Surat as he sought to silence the critics who had questioned the efficacy of the scheme beyond the state.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had earlier today slammed Patnaik in Bhubaneswar for ignoring the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat programme and said the benefits of BSKY can only be availed by people inside the state and not by Odias in Gujarat.
Addressing over a lakh people in the diamond city, Patnaik said the state government run health scheme was non-discriminatory in nature befitting both APL and BPL families.
Patnaik’s visit to Gujarat is being seen by the Opposition as an attempt by the ruling party to reach out to the Odia voters both in Gujarat and in Ganjam district ahead of the assembly elections due in the next five-six months. Both the Congress and the BJP has termed his visit as a political gimmick.
Inaugurating the Odia Mahotsav celebrations, Patnaik informed the crowd that he has written to his Gujarat counterpart for allocation of land to set up a Odia cultural centre in Surat. He said his government has earmarked Rs 10 crore for the project.
He said his government was also considering a proposal to allow Odia students in Surat take up the matriculartion exams in Odisha and will provide Odia books to the students of the city. Besides, his government was considering opening a plus-two college there.
He also informed the crowd about his request to the Centre for starting new train services between Berhampur city and Surat and flights between Bhubaneswar and Surat.
Hailing the skilled workforce of the state and their contribution towards the economic progress of both Odisha and Gujarat, the CM said Odias’ have made a distinct identity for themselves across the country through their efficiency and hard work. “The Odia society is today marching ahead with confidence,” he said.

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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