Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has introduced the ‘Ama Odisha, Nabin Odisha’ initiative, a flagship program aimed at promoting Jagannath culture and enhancing digital infrastructure in gram panchayats and villages. The scheme was virtually launched in Keonjhar and Bhadrak districts in its initial phase.
The government has allocated approximately Rs 3,397 crore to execute 90,723 projects under this scheme. It aims to celebrate Jagannath culture and the rich cultural heritage of Odisha across 6,794 panchayats, while also bolstering digital infrastructure in every village.
During the launch, Patnaik emphasized Odisha’s association with Jagannath culture, which stands for love, peace, harmony, equality, and service. The primary objectives of the scheme include preserving Jagannath culture, developing places of worship, safeguarding culturally significant heritage sites in villages, and building digital infrastructure. Villages will receive internet connectivity, science parks, and skill development centers.
Furthermore, the scheme will establish centers and work hubs in every village, along with providing banking facilities to villagers. Even the primary schools in these villages will actively participate in the program.
Patnaik urged the support of all stakeholders to transform Odisha into a modern and culturally-sensitive state through the successful implementation of this initiative. He emphasized the importance of preserving and protecting heritage sites for future generations.
Under this scheme, the state government has allocated Rs 148.50 crore for 3,568 projects in 297 gram panchayats across six Assembly constituencies in Keonjhar district. Similarly, Rs 109 crore has been allocated for 3,337 projects in 218 gram panchayats spanning five Assembly constituencies in Bhadrak district.