Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched various development projects worth Rs 2140 crore in Ganjam on Sunday.
The projects spread over various sectors including infrastructure, education, health, livelihood, sanitation, irrigation, energy, women and child development.
The Chief Minister launched the projects while visiting the district to launch the distribution of smart health cards to poor people of the district under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana.
Official sources said 26.76 people of the district would be benefitted from the scheme.
This was Mr Patnaik’s first visit to Ganjam, his home district since the Covid pandemic broke out in the state.
The Chief Minister has announced the smart health cards on Independence Day this year.
After the announcement, the distribution of smart health cards was launched for the first time in the Malkangiri district on August 20 and later in several other districts of the state.
Addressing a function organised for the distribution of smart health cards, the Chief Minister said the government is committed to providing good. Health care to the people. Biju Swasthya Kalyan smart health card is the best gift to the people of the state in this direction, he said.
Stating that 3.5 crore people of 96 lakh families of the state would be benefitted by the Biju Swasthya Kalyan scheme, the Chief Minister said the poor people of the state would be free from many health-related problems particularly medical expenses.
The beneficiaries can avail better health care in 200 big hospitals of the country.
Earlier, the Chief Minister reviewed the temple development works of the Taratarini temple and announced that the work would be completed by 2023.
Later Mr Patnaik went to Hinjli, his constituency and participated in various programmes.