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Poorest district in Odisha awarded Rs 15 lakh for campaign against traditional healers

At the end of the two-day district collectors’ conference Saturday, Naveen awarded a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh to Nabarangpur district collector Rashmita Panda for the district’s performance in fighting superstition.

By: Express News Service | Bhubaneswar | Updated: June 19, 2016 3:25:45 am
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Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday felicitated collectors of three districts, including Nabarangpur, which ran a campaign over the past two months to create awareness against the perils of traditional healing.

At the end of the two-day district collectors’ conference Saturday, Naveen awarded a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh to Nabarangpur district collector Rashmita Panda for the district’s performance in fighting superstition.

Mayurbhanj district administration received Rs 25 lakh for its work on food processing while Khurda was awarded Rs 10 lakh for its work in the field of eye care.

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Last month, Nabarangpur saw the end of a 68-day-long Jyoti campaign, a village-level awareness drive in all its 169 grampanchayats. The campaign, which ran from March 1 to May 7, was started in the wake of the branding of 23 infants since December.

It involved over 4,400 traditional healers and an almost equal number of anganwadi workers, ASHA workers, panchayatiraj functionaries and local youths.

As part of the awareness drive, jingles and audio clips on perils of traditional healing and branding of babies were developed in Desia language and distributed to all blocks. Naveen also announced cash prizes for districts that successfully implement various government schemes in the state.

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