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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 17:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked State Government officials to lay additional 2000 kilometres of concrete roads under Gopabandhu Gramin Yojana (GGY) by March 2017.

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Chairing a review meeting at the Secretariat today on construction of concrete roads in rural areas, Patnaik said that the State Government has expanded the GGY scheme to all 30 districts of the state even after the Center stopped the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF).

He further asked the officials to prioritise construction in Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) hamlets and tribal villages.

According to a press note issued by the Chief Minister’s office after the meeting, Naveen government has already allocated Rs 1,000 crore during this financial year for GGY.

This fund is being utilized to build rural roads, set up water sources and electrification.

It may be mentioned here that GGY scheme was launched by Odisha Government during 2006-07 with a view to provide additional developmental assistance to the targeted 11 districts of the state not covered under the BRGF.