Bhubaneswar: Governor Ganeshi Lal today addressed the Assembly marking the beginning of the Budget Session and highlighted several pro-people and pro-farmer and pro-poor initiatives like KALIA scheme for farmers and Biju Swastha Kalyan Yojana.
“My government has launched schemes like KALIA for the welfare of farmers and Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) to facilitate treatment of patients. My Government has also provided 65,000 smartphones to farmers,” said Lal.
In his address, the Governor also highlighted the State Government’s achievement in sectors like agriculture, health, education, social security, infrastructure development and poverty alleviation and tackling natural calamities and said Odisha’s economy is on the path of steady growth.
Saying that Odisha has set an example on how to tackle natural disasters, the Governor said that the State has been consistently growing at higher rate than the national average. The margin of financial growth has touched heights. Bhubaneswar emerged at the top in Smart city challenge,” added the Governor.
During the Governor’s speech, Congress members staged a walkout in the Assembly.
The last session (Budget Session) of the 15th Odisha Legislative Assembly which began today will have a total of seven business days.
Motion of thanks on Governor’s address will be held on February 5 and 6. On February 8, motion on vote on account and appropriation bill will be passed. The Assembly would continue till February 12.
Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera will present the interim budget on February 7 for three months.