Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has taken another step forward to woo the poor and lower middle class of the state by launching the second phase of Rs 5 Aahar scheme across 100 centres. It will benefit over 60,000 urban poor.
The launching ceremony was held at the Indoor Stadium, Cuttack today. The Aahar-2 scheme was opened at 100 centres of 65 towns of 29 districts of Odisha. After dedicating the scheme to public, CM Naveen Patnaik visited the Aahar centres at Cuttack City Hospital, Acharya Harihar Cancer Research Institute, Jagatpur and Choudwar.
Other Aahar centres were opened at Angul, Talcher, Bolangir, Titlagarh, Boudh, Bargarh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Chhatrapur, Hinjilikatu, Digapahandi, Aska, Gopalpur, Bhanjanagar, Berhampur, Paralakhemundi, Paradip, Kalinganagar, Vyasnagar, Brajarajnagar, Jharsuguda, Bhawanipatna, Kesinga, Junagarh, Dharamgarh, Phulbani, Baliguda, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Joda, Barbil, Khordha, Jatni, Puri, Koraput, Jeypore, Sunabeda, Damanjodi, Baripada, Rairangpur, Malkangiri, Balimela, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Khariar, Umerkote, Nabarangpur, Koshagumuda, Rayagada, Gunupur, Sonepur, Binika, Tarabha, Rajgangpur, Biramitrapur, Sundargarh, Rourkela etc.
In addition, Aahar centres were opened at Baramunda Bus Stand, Kalinga Hospital, Nayapalli Durga Mandap, near Sum Hospital, Old Bus Stand in Bhubaneswar. Other Ministers and office bearers attended the Aahar launching ceremonies at other parts of the state, while CM took the lead in Cuttack.
It can be recalled that the Odisha CM had launched his ambitious Rs 5 Aahar scheme at 21 locations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Rourkela on 1st April, 2015. While addressing the function today, the CM called this scheme as ‘highly popular’ among the masses.