Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik highlighted 10 success of his government, which completed four years Monday.

Patnaik said that the state government has made remarkable achievement in housing for the poor, rural road, skill development, irrigation, land right to urban slum dwellers and promotion of Odia language.

The chief minister said that 17 lakh pucca houses have been build during the last four years. The state has a target to build 24 lakh houses by March 5, 2019. During the four years 25,500 km of rural roads have ben constructed.

“Providing Connectivity is a priority for my government. Odisha leads the country in the construction of rural roads with a record 22,500 kilometres in the last 4 years. 600 bridges have been constructed under the Biju Setu Yojana. Biju Expressway connecting north and south Odisha passing through the KBK region is on target. The Utkal Gourav Madhusudan Setu over Mahanadi and key bridges over Ib river and Kathajodi were completed in record time and reduced distances considerably. The Gurupriya bridge in Malkangiri will also be operational shortly,” he added.

Stating that his government has set a target to provide irrigation facilities to 10 lakh hectares in five years, he said that already 7 lakh hecaters have been achieved by now.

“Agriculture is the mainstay of our population and we are the only state to have doubled farmers incomes in the last decade. We promised 10 lakh hectares of additional irrigation potential. We have already achieved 7 lakh hectares and we are racing towards achieving the target by April 1st 2019. Food grain production is at an all time high of 117 lakh metric tonnes. Odisha is one of the highest contributors to the nation’s food security. My Government has always focussed on vulnerable groups in every sector. Sharecroppers will be provided crop loans and our farmers in rainfed areas will get remunerative prices under the Millets Mission,” he said.

“In urban matters, land rights to slum dwellers is a historic decision. We have enacted historic legislation to enable slum dwellers in urban areas to have land and property rights. Nearly 10 lakh people will be empowered through this initiative – unprecedented in the world in its scope and scale. As far as skill development is concerned, we lead the country in skill development. 9 lakh young people have achieved skill development out of a target of 11 lakh,” he said.

“As for women, 70 lakh women are in SHGs and 30 lakh women have been covered under the Mamata scheme. In sports, Odisha and Bhubaneswar have become global sports destinations,” he added.

“Four out of nine medical colleges have been established and five more are in the pipeline. As far as tribal development is concerned, special development councils in nine tribal-dominated districts have been established,” the chief minister said.

The chief minister said, “Several historical decisions have been taken to promote Odia language in all walks of life.”

Patnaik was briefing the media person soon after the minister of council meeting on the occasion of BJD government’s completion of four years in fourth term on Monday.

The chief minister reportedly advised the ministers to work for the people with ‘3D’– Determination, Devotion and Dedication.