The three-day long Angul Zilla Mahostav was inaugurated last night by rural development minister Bikram Keshari Arukh. Except local MP and Talcher MLA, all the four MLAs ~ Mahesh Sahu , Rajani Kanta Singh,Susanta Behera and Sanjeev Sahu ~ attended the inaugural function.

Addressing the gathering, minister Arukh said that Angul is rich in culture and has all resources. “There was a time when Angul was considered to be the state capital… Still it is now one of the most advanced districts in the country having industries and biodiversity.” The minister also praised the district administration for some of its welfare activities and implementation of schemes like Biju Kanya Ratna Jojana.

“As the district excels in art, culture, industry and agriculture and in other fields, its place in the state is important,” the minister said. Collector Samal said that the district has been awarded for successfully undertaking progressive works. Giving a detailed account of the activities in the district, he spoke of the welfare schemes and utilisation of the district mineralfund.

More than 130 stalls have been set up as part of the Pallishree Mela to coincide with the Mahostav.