Bhubaneswar: The first session of the 16th Odisha Assembly began on Tuesday with the customary address of Governor Ganeshi Lal who announced that women will now get Rs 10 lakh for their treatment instead of Rs 7 lakh under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and interest free education loans for students.
Highlights of the speech —-
With due deference to the people of Odisha for their unprecedented support, my Government would like to assure everyone that the faith they have in its abilities to deliver a clean, transparent and pro-people governance will never be belied.
My Government will pursue cause of one third reservation for women in Parliament and State Assembly to its logical end.
Odisha Smart Cities Mission will attempt to develop five cities as Smart cities.
Cuttack – Bhubaneswar will be connected with metro railway.
My Government will provide education loans to students at 0% rate of interest. All technical institutes, colleges and universities will be enabled with free wi-fi services and IT labs will be set in high schools.
My Government will endeavour to create 30 lakh employment opportunities in 6 focus sectors. 75% of jobs will be reserved for qualified local youth by the govt in all upcoming industries in Odisha.
A MSME welfare board will be formed by my Government to work for the sustenance & growth of those in MSME sector. A welfare board will be formed for those engaged in traditional livelihood earning means like priests, barbers & washermen.
Composite modern urban hostels will be provided by my govt in 114 locations of the state to facilitate higher & job oriented study facilities for all category of students.
My Government proposes to bring out a new industrial policy in line with the perspective plan with emphasis on creation of job opportunities.
Best-in-class industrial parks will be established for each of the focus sectors.
Puri will be made a world heritage city. All places of tourism importance will be linked & way-side amenities will be provided on all major roads. District tourism councils will be formed in all the districts by my Government.
For extension of credit at concessional rate to the eligible MSMEs, a suitable ‘interest subvention scheme’ shall be introduced by my Government.
Our women will now get Rs 10 lakh for their treatment instead of Rs 7 lakh under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana. Every widow and destitute women will be covered under social security pension