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Odisha chief minister announced that the annual grant of the Western Odisha Development Council will be doubled

BHUBANESWAR:16/2/21: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced that the annual grant of the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) will be doubled. He said this while reviewing the programs of the council through videoconferencing.
Naveen also announced that the offices of the council will be opened at 10 districts and at the Athamallik subdivision in Angul district. He also directed the officials to create more job opportunities for the youths of western Odisha.
 An annual grant of the council was Rs 3 crore in the year 1999-2000, but now it has increased to Rs 100 crore per annum. After this announcement, the council will get Rs 200 crore for the financial year 2021-22.
Decisions were taken in the meeting to speed up several big projects including the Biju Expressway and Lower Suktel irrigation project for the growth of the western part of the state. The officials put emphasis on creating an infrastructure for poultry in Balangir, fish farming in Kalahandi, dairying and milk production in Boudh and Sonepur, rice and its value addition in Sambalpur, Bargarh, and Sonepur, and handloom clusters in this region.
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“Doubling WODC’s annual grant and opening offices in all 10 districts and Athamallik subdivision are two great decisions taken by the chief minister,” said the chairman of WODC Asit Kumar Tripathy.

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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