Odisha Sets Global Standard

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that Odisha is now on the path of rapid transformation and is distinctly positioned as a progressive State setting national and even global benchmarks.

While replying on the debate for Vote Of Thanks on Governor's Address, Mr.Patnaik said that Odisha's economy is firmly on a trajectory of steady growth.

Odisha is the only State in the country which has doubled farmers' income in real terms in the last one decade.

The State is now among the largest contributors to the public distribution system.

"Our flagship health initiative namely, Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is unique in the country as it provides almost universal health coverage covering 3.5 crore people", said he.
"We launched KALIA, Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation, a path breaking initiative widely appreciated in the country and the Union Government adopted the Scheme. However, the Union Government has left out the share croppers, landless labourers. It is also unique in the entire country covering 92 percent of the cultivators, loanee as well non-loanee farmers, share croppers and landless agricultural labourers", said Mr.Patnaik.

"We had promised additional 10 lakh hectares of Irrigation and we are on target to achieve the same by April, 2019", said he.

The State Government launched its own State Food Security Scheme on 2 October 2018. More than 23 lakh beneficiaries have been covered under the Scheme.

The pro-people initiative "Ama Gaon Ama Bikash" has been completed in all 314 Blocks. 62 thousand 857 projects amounting to Rupees 1554 crore have been sanctioned.

The "Peoples' Empowerment Enabling Transparency & Enhancing Accountability on Odisha Initiatives" (PEETHA) has been launched recently to make people aware about different Government initiatives and to ensure delivery of entitlements to the eligible beneficiaries in different schemes. PEETHA camps are being organised in all Gram Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies from 15th to 20th of every month.

Three lakh new groups have been added to the Mission Shakti movement of the State, thus making it 70 lakh women strong. Mission Shakti is empowering these groups by providing seed money, digital empowerment assistance and loans at zero rate of interest.

With the addition of 5 lakh new beneficiaries under 'Madhu Babu Pension Yojana' during this year, pension is now being provided to over 48 lakh persons of the State. The monthly rate of pension has also been enhanced by Rs.200 per month.

Make in Odisha Conclave, 2018 was a grand success. The leading industry captains had participated in it. Investment intents to the tune of above Rs.4.20 lakh crore having potential to generate employment for 5.91 lakh persons were received.
"We will closely follow up these intents for early grounding of the projects", said Mr.Patnaik.

The State Government has a very progressive Startup Policy. In fact, Odisha has been honoured as the 'Top Performer' State in the States' Startup Ranking 2018.

Taking technical collaboration with ITEES, Singapore, State Government  will establish a World Skill Centre at Bhubaneswar, which will impart technical and vocational training of international standard to the youth of the State.

The State Government has always been committed for the overall development of the world famous Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri through various measures including the ABADHA scheme launched last year.

Odisha has now emerged as a major sports destination with successful organization of National & International sporting events. By organizing Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2018, State Government has proved its mettle. To take games and sports in the State to the next level, High Performance Centers have been planned in Athletics, Swimming, Shooting, Football, Hockey, Badminton and Weightlifting.

"Our transparent ways of governance have made us responsive to the changing needs of our time. Participation of people in the process of development of the State has been a source of inspiration for us. We are firmly on the path of equitable and inclusive growth and are well poised for further acceleration in the economic growth rate. We will continue our endeavor to empower all sections of the people", said Mr.Patnaik.

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