Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the commencement of ‘KALIA Chhatra Bruti’, a scheme which will provide scholarships to the children of KALIA beneficiaries for higher education.
Addressing the farmers’ convention in Keonjhar, Patnaik said, “The KALIA scheme of State government is popular among all. The future of farmers depends upon the development of their children. I wish, your (farmers) children become doctors, engineers, lawyers and managers. Therefore, I am announcing the ‘KALIA Chhatra Bruti’ for your children.”
Under the scheme, the State Government will bear the educational expenses of the children of farmers (KALIA beneficiaries) who are pursuing professional courses in Government Colleges as per merit basis, official sources said.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated 17 welfare projects worth Rs 66 crores and laid the foundation for 47 projects worth Rs 2,100 crores. He has also approved drinking water projects worth Rs 1,050 crores to supply safe drinking water in the district.
Earlier today, Patnaik joined the Mission Shakti Conclave in Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district where he dedicated 21 welfare projects worth Rs 45 crore and laid the foundation for several other welfare projects worth Rs 960.34Cr. The Odisha CM also distributed various benefits to women SHGs worth Rs 16 crores under the Mission Shakti scheme.