Bhubaneswar, Sept 29: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday directed the party workers to continue their work of reaching the people and popularise the various developmental and welfare schemes rolled out by the state government.
“Our party is continuously working for the welfare of the people and always with them,” said Patnaik in virtual mode, who is in Bengaluru for Investors’ Meet.
He made the statement during the two-day preparatory meeting of the ‘Jana Samparka Padyatra’ being held at Biju Patnaik ground here. The ‘Padyatra’ will begin on Gandhi Jayanti.
“This year, we are celebrating 75 years of Independence. Odisha also played an important role in the freedom struggle. It is important to focus on this aspect during the one-month-long ‘Jana Samparka Padyatra,” said Patnaik.
The Chief Minister also advised the party workers to remind the people about the brave contribution of several fighters from Odisha in the freedom struggle.
Leaders from party’s youth, student and women wings including all the Ministers, MLAs, MPs and state workers from all over Odisha participated in the first day of meeting.
Addressing the gathering, senior BJD leader Debiprasad Mishra said others say, but Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik does what he says.
Under his leadership, the state government is tirelessly working for the development of all sections of the society, he added.
The vote share of the party has increased from 45 per cent to 52 per cent, he added exhorting to maintain this and also to increase the income of farmers three folds.
Taking a dig at the BJP, Mishra said the state is suffering due to the closure of various central schemes and the slashing of central assistance in several developmental schemes. While the state government is moving ahead with development, cooperation from the Centre is not coming at the right time.
Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said women are given more preference in politics and are being empowered.
Several party leaders who were present at the meeting called to make the ‘Jana Samparka Padyatra’ successful.