Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday visited the Public Delivery System (PDS) center in Dhenkanal district of Odisha and reviewed various social welfare programs sponsored by the central government. At the PDS centre, Pradhan interacted with several beneficiaries and distributed free 5 kg packets of rice to them under the leadership of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna (PMGKAY).
The Union education minister said ministers are visiting aspirational districts in the state to take stock of central development work. “That’s what I’m here for,” he added. Pradhan further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana and the beneficiaries were very happy with it.
“The past two years have been difficult for the country’s poor; the Prime Minister launched the Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana and the beneficiaries are very satisfied with it. They are giving him blessings because despite COVID-19 they have not been deprived of grain,” Pradan said. Pradhan is on a four day visit to Dhenkanal, Talcher, Angul and Khurda (Bhubaneswar) from Odisha respectively.
Up to ten Union ministers are visiting ambitious districts in Odisha to review the progress of various development projects undertaken by the central government until April 20. Earlier on Tuesday, Union State Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Industry Sanjeev Kumar Balyan visited the Koraput of Odisha district and briefed on various development projects under the aegis of the Indian government.
The ten aspirational districts of Odisha are – Nuapada, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Balangir, Dhenkanal, Koraput and Gajapati. In the coming week, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw will visit Malkangiri, Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda will visit Nuapada, State Minister for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti will visit Balangir .
The Ambitious Neighborhoods Program was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2018 as part of the government’s efforts to raise the living standards of citizens and inclusive growth for all. A total of 117 aspirational districts across India have been identified by NITI Aayog based on composite indicators of health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, l financial inclusion and the development of basic skills and infrastructure. (ANI)
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