.........BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Friday announced its plans to set up 21 new industrial training institutes (ITIs) in next two years. As many as five ITIs have already been made operational in the State in the last three years.
Minister for Skill Development and Technical Education Usha Devi made the announcement while highlighting the department’s achievements in the last three years.The ITIs have been established at Rasanpur (Sambalpur district), Barkote (Deogarh), Mathili (Malkangiri), Bisamkatak (Rayagada) and Rayagada (Gajapati), she said.
The Minister said the new ITIs would be set up in Kantabanji, Bansapal, Bhandaripohkari, Karanjia, Athamalik, Kotagarh, Damanjodi, Kutra, Koida, Lanjigarh, Krushnaprasad, Nandapur, Birmaharajpur, Rajkanika, Badamba, Bhanjanagar, Jagatsinghpur, Kaptipada, Parjang and Balugaon.
She said special ITIs (residential) for persons with disabilities are already functioning at Khudpur and Jatni. All the 30 districts of the State now have Government polytechnic colleges.Highlighting the achievements of Food Supply and Consumer Welfare Department, Minister Surya Narayan Patro said 86.18 lakh families have been provided ration cards under the National Food Security Act during the last two years.
Patro said more than 11 lakh farmers have been registered online to make the process of paddy procurement more transparent. Paddy procurement is being managed under the paddy procurement automation system (P-PAS), he said.
Minister of State for Labour and Employees’ State Insurance Sushant Singh said `381.83 crore has been provided to labourers for their benefit during the last three years. Expenditure towards benefit of workers increased by 500 times in the last three years, he said.