The Odisha Government in third week of December 2016 named the Rs 7600 crore Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme after freedom fighter Parbati Giri.
The State Cabinet took the decision to mark respect for Giri’s contribution to the freedom movement and service to the poor and needy.
The government approved tender for 13 Mega Lift Irrigation Schemes with a total command area of 19400 hectares in Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts of the state.
About Parbati Giri
- Born on 19 January 1926, Parbati Giri was a prominent female freedom fighter from Odisha.
- She was nicknamed the Mother Teresa of Western Odisha.
- She was born in Samlaipadar village near Bijepur of the present Bargarh district and undivided Sambalpur district.
- She was imprisoned for two years because of her anti-British government activities.
- She was only year 16 when she was in the forefront of agitation following Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India Movement.
- After independence, she opened an orphanage at Paikmal village.
- The State Cabinet meeting approved the lowest bid of Rs. 517.77 crore by GVPR Engineers Limited for the schemes.
- From August 2013, 102 mega lift irrigation schemes in eight clusters are under construction in a phased manner in 17 districts.
- The Odisha Government has planned to take up 174 schemes in 15 clusters in 22 districts to create an additional irrigation potential of 214270 hectares.