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Naveen Connects Youth

Jeypore: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday exhorted the youth to stay connected with the society.

Addressing the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Vikram Dev Autonomous College at Jeypore in Koraput district, Shri Patnaik advised the youth to continue their efforts to fulfil their life’s dreams, that of their family and the whole State.

Notably, the college was on Thursday accorded university status. Secretary to CM V K Pandian graced the occasion.

In his address the Chief Minister mentioned about the announcement to the students and sought to know if they were happy.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister announced a state-of-the-art auditorium will be constructed in the Vikramdev University.

Adding more information in this regard, Secretary to the Chief Minister Shri Pandian said that the auditorium will have 1,000 seats and an investment of Rs 8 crore will be made.

The Chief Minister said that education enhances the internal potential and added that he has full faith in the youth.

Expressing that Koraput has always been special to him, the Chief Minister said that work is being done for the development of Koraput through the development of infrastructure.

Citing the example of Gurupriya Bridge in Malkangiri district, he said it has brought a new trend of development in Swabhiman area today.

The Chief Minister launched projects worth Rs 1596 crore in the district on the occasion and inaugurated projects worth Rs 207.80 crore.

The foundation stone for projects worth Rs 1378.40 crore was laid for bridges, roads, drinking water, irrigation, electrification and tourism development.

Highlighting the Mission Shakti program, he said that the women of SHGs have done good work and brought fame to the entire state.

By designing the national flag on the occasion of 75 years of independence, they have shown their skills and further strengthened our faith in them, he said.

Expressing that he wants to see women as entrepreneurs, the Chief Minister said that work has been started to convert all Self-help groups into small and medium enterprises.

“For this, interest-free loans of up to Rs. 5 lakh are being provided to SHGs while Rs 50,000 crore will be given as loan in the next 5 years,” he said.

He said that under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, medical facilities of up to Rs. 10 lakh are being provided to women.

On this occasion, interest-free loans to the tune of Rs. 50 crore were disbursed to 1235 Mission Shakti groups of the district.

The Chief Minister launched a special postal cover based on Koraput tourism.