Speaking on the occasion, the CM urged the newly elected public representatives to focus on resolving the problems of the people. He also advised them to take responsibility for overall development of their respective ULBs.
Informing that State Government’s the various initiatives have gained national and international recognition, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has launched Jaga Mission for landless people of the slums. So far, 1,75,000 families have been given land rights and 585 slums have been converted into model slums.
Highlighting the Sujal mission, Patnaik said that clean drinking water is being provided in Puri through the Sujal project and work is underway in 20 cities across the state.
The Chief further said that the MUKTA Yojana, which was started for the city’s poor and migrant workers during the Covid pandemic, will continue and Rs 500 crore has been allocated towards it in the budget.
Patnaik asked the representatives to abide by the principles of the 5T model of governance for providing better services to the people.
On his part, Minister for Urban Development, Panchayati Raj and Law, Pratap Jena asked the newly elected Mayors and Chairpersons to continue their sincere efforts towards the successful implementation of various urban development programmes.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department G. Mathi Bhat Nan and Municipal Director Sangramjit Nayak were, among others, present on the occasion.