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Naveen woos youth, women in Odisha’s Steel City

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 15:

Ahead of the corporation elections here, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a series of sops in an effort to woo the people of the Steel City.

Naveen Patnaik

“Rs 150 crore has been provided to Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) here and another Rs. 30 crores for development of its laboratories,” Patnaik said addressing the valedictory function of the two-day training programme of Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD) here today.

The BJD supremo said the capacity of the incubation centre of the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) here would be doubled soon so that local entrepreneurs got the right chance.

Casting his net wider on western Odisha as a whole, Patnaik said steps were being initiated for setting up medical colleges at Sundargarh, Kalahandi and Bolangir.

In tune with the demands of the occasion, Patnaik said he had full confidence in the immense possibility and potentiality the youth have despite all the odds the state faces.

He said 50 per cent of Odisha’s population was below 50 years and 65 per cent below 35 years.

“So, just imagine the kind of potentiality we have if we utilise this age group in the interest of the state,” he said and asked the youths to take the benefit of the state’s youth policy.

The time had come to develop the self confidence and skills of the youth, the Chief Minister said adding that the BJD government was working to augment their skills through quality technical education and training so that they realise their full potential.

Painting a rosy picture of industrial growth in the state, he said; “At this moment, the state has over seven steel plants and some other projects would come up soon.”

Turning his attention to women, who voted for the ruling party in large numbers during the last election, the Chief Minister said his government is committed to prevent discrimination against girl child and women.

“We understand and recognise the power the women and the girl child have. We will not allow any kind of discrimination against them. Discrimination against them is more dangerous than terrorism,” he said.

Recalling his father and erstwhile Chief Minister late Biju Patnaik’s regard for women, the BJD president said “Even Biju Babu was very concerned about the development of the women and he never favoured any discrimination.”

Earlier, Patnaik inaugurated the centre for Advanced Post Graduate Studies at the BPUT campus here and flagged off the City Town Bus service.