Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Monday inaugurated Ama Goan, Ama Bikas, a new programme for the rural people on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Divas in the state and sanctioned development projects worth Rs 2 crore.

“We have initiated a new programme called ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Bikas’ to hear the demands and address the grievances of people. I will be directly speaking to the people twice a week. Today, I sanctioned the projects worth Rs 2 crore for the development of four panchayats,” said the chief minister.

The state panchyati raj minister ,Pradeep Maharathy, said that the chief minister today  held an online meeting with the people of Sambalpur, Ganjam, Koraput and Jajpur districts and assured them to look into their grievances. The village heads of the four gram panchayats aired their grievances in the presence of respective collectors, the minister said. The development projects, such as construction of ponds and temples and mosques, will be in the range of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, he added.

The state observes Panchayati Raj Divas on March 5 every year to mark the birth anniversary of former chief minister Biju Patnaik.