Premji Bats For Nutrition

Government and Non-Government philanthropic collaboration can enhance community access to service delivery and set path to sustainable development, said renowned philanthropist Azim Premji. 

Delivering the 15th lecture of Odisha Knowledge Hub in the conference hall of State Secretariat today, Mr. Premji  added that there are a number of NGOs in Odisha which are  committed to serve and also have the ability to scale up their activities.
Citing an example, he said that Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative (APPI) worked with around 120 non-profit NGOs in Odisha and their performance has been found satisfactory. 
Further, Mr.Premji said that philanthropic organizations have to build up an environment of Trust and have to exhibit their commitment through work.

“The Philanthropic and Government bodies together have to institutionalize the developmental and service delivery initiatives for making those sustainable”, he said.

Mr.Premji  opined that government system is the largest and permanent system.  “Philanthropic initiatives need to be mainstreamed through alignment with governmental efforts”, he said. 

Responding to queries from the audience Mr.Premji recommended that youth of today need to be infused with values like honor and respect for the society.

They have to inculcate the spirit of integrity, sublimity and concern for others before joining as professionals in NGO and philanthropic sector. 

Earlier, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi while introducing Mr.Premji said APPI has been working very successfully with various State Governments in India.

“APPI has also been supporting Government of Odisha since last two years in the field of increasing of nutrition level among the people”, he said.

Mr.Padhi said a common multi-sectoral nutrition plan of action has been prepared and launched. Ten departments dealing with food and nutrition security activities have introduced Common Result Framework for implementation of the action plan with defined goals and benchmarked landmarks, said the Chief Secretary. 

Chairman Odisha Skill Development Authority Subroto Bagchi presented the OKH memento to Premji in commemoration of his visit to the State.

Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries of various departments  along with other senior officers, academicians from Universities and senior activists from NGO sector participated in the open house discussion after the lecturer. 

In view of growing popularity of the lecture, it was extended to two other conference halls of the State Secretariat and various district head quarters through video conferencing.

The Collectors along with senior officers from various districts participated in the lecture through this video conferencing. 

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