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Britain to continue welfare projects in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Britain today assured Odisha government of its continued support towards welfare programmes relating to sanitation, drinking water, secondary education for tribal girls.

The British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell said that the country would continue to support programmes being run with UK's Department For International Development (DFID) assistance.

He along with British High Commissioner James Bevan and DFID India Chief Sam Sharp met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here and held discussions on programmes being run with the UK department's assistance in the state, official sources said.

While highlighting different welfare schemes and programmes, Patnaik drew attention of the visiting British delegation towards newly launched 'Mamata' scheme, under which the beneficiary pregnant women receives a cash assistance of Rs 5,000 for each immunization of new born child.

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Besides, Patnaik also informed the delegation about various schemes launched for women education, nutrition and other activities.

"Mitchell suggested to take up sanitation, pure drinking water scheme and others along with different poverty reduction programmes," a release issued by the chief minister's office said.

DFID had been supporting Odisha's different poverty alleviation schemes since 25 years, it said.

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