SC-appointed retired judge reviews DMF fund utilisation

Keonjhar: Retired justice AK Patnaik, nominated by the Supreme Court, arrived at Keonjhar Wednesday and started reviewing how District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds were utilised for various projects in the district.

Patnaik was accompanied by the commissioner of the health department, the director of OPEPA and the special secretary of the SC/ST development department.

In the evening, they held a review meeting on utilisation of the DMF funds at Durbar Hall. Patnaik also took stock of healthcare facilities, help desk, CT scan, dialysis and other amenities being provided to patients at the district headquarters hospital.

Patnaik talked to doctors at the DHH about the healthcare facility.

He also visited the under-construction building of the government medical college and hospital at Kabitra.

He will review implementation of a project for ensuring livelihood of mining-affected people; a drinking water project at Hatidari, two other projects at Kodagadia and Mirigisinga; the model school at Lahanda, a 50-bed maternity hospital, apart from taking stock of issues like air pollution in Joda mining areas.

Patnaik will also visit several villages under Joda and Jhumpura blocks to see mega drinking water projects at 126 villages.

Courtesy: Odisha Post