Bhubaneswar, Jan 31: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the LaccMi Bus services in Odisha’s Balangir, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh districts today.
After inaugurating the service through video conferencing, Patnaik said that my government is people’s government.
Notably, the LaccMi Bus service was first started in Malkangari. In the first phase, the service was introduced in Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Gajapati, and Koraput districts. In the second phase, the bus service was rolled out in Deogarh, Angul, and Dhenkanal districts.
With the bus service being expanded to five more districts today, a total of 302 buses will ply in 1340 panchayats and will benefit more than 83 lakh people.
A total of 44 buses were rolled out in 313 panchayats of Balangir which will benefit 16.50 lakh people. Similarly, 60 buses will ply in 243 panchayats of Bargarh which will benefit 14.22 lakh people, 25 buses will serve 10.80 lakh people in 158 panchayats of Bhadrak. Meanwhile, 14.20 lakh people in 386 panchayats of Mayurbhanj will be benefitted by 107 buses and 17.20 lakh people in 240 panchayats of Sundargarh will be benefitted by 65 buses.
Under this scheme, bus services will be offered every village in a district to the block headquarters. More than 1,000 buses will ply across the state. In this programme, launched under the 5T scheme, Mission Shakti members have been given the responsibility of operating the buses.
Addressing people on this occasion, Patnaik said that Lakshmi Bus service has made our life easier and it will play an important role in the economic development of villages.
Speaking on the occasion, 5T and Nabin Odisha Chairman VK Pandian said that Gangadhar Meher lift irrigation project and Cancer Hospital in Bargarh will be inaugurated on February 20, 2024 by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The development work of Pandit Raghunath Murmu’s birthplace is going on in full swing and development of all the tourist spots in Mayurbhanj will be done soon, said Pandian to the people of Mayurbhanj.
Addressing the people of Sundargarh district, Pandian said that the Chief Minister has sanctioned funds for the transformation of Vedavyas Peetha along with various temples and churches in the district.
People in Keonjhar district had requested to increase the pension amount of Madhu Babu Scheme. Respecting your request, Chief Minister has increased the pension amount, added Pandian.
He further said that Patnaik will soon arrange a loan of Rs 5 lakh for Mission Shakti Women.
It is your property. Please take proper care of it, said Pandian advising the bus crews to treat people with due respect and take care of their safety.