Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated three industrial projects and performed ground-breaking of 10 projects.

These diversified projects ranging across food processing, tourism, paper/packaging, manufacturing, and polymers & plastic sectors will create potential employment for over 3390 persons in the State.

Some of the leading companies promoting these projects include Mayfair Hotels & Resorts Ltd, Orifood and Beverage Private Ltd, Mash Spirits Pvt Ltd, Sambalpur Biofuels Private Ltd, and more.

Congratulating the companies on this auspicious occasion, the Chief Minister said, “Odisha is fast emerging as a major manufacturing hub in the country for sectors ranging from metal and minerals to food processing.

“Targeting the development of a conducive environment for industrial development, my Government has always endeavored to provide a hassle-free and prompt doing business environment for the investors in Odisha,” he said.

The state’s relationship with the industries has been fruitful both in the context of economic development and also social development. One of the key reasons why Odisha was able to post a successful fight against the COVID-19 pandemic was this synergetic Government industry relationship, he said.

The CM further said, “We were able to quickly re-purpose various industrial units to manufacture and deliver critical services during the pandemic period. As we move out of pandemic, the government’s focus on 5T philosophy viz. Transparency, Technology, Teamwork, Time, and Transformation, towards the development of the industrial sector has further strengthened.”

This philosophy has created an industry-led ecosystem of value addition, sustainable employment generation and revenue augmentation in the State.

He congratulated the Industries Department for its continuous efforts in making Odisha the “Destination of Choice” for investors.”

Speaking on the occasion, Industries Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra said, “Over the last two years, we have faced enormous challenges due to pandemic and its impact over lives and livelihood but the people of Odisha have faced the challenges head on and as we come out of the pandemic, we are seeing a New Odisha, an Empowered Odisha.”

Despite the challenges, the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ensured that the industries sector keeps functioning at its best, said the Minister.

“I am happy to inform you that this is the 7th ground-breaking ceremony we are having since2020. It is a commendable effort by everyone involved in the process and to do it despite a global pandemic is even praiseworthy. We have ensured grounding/inauguration of projects worth over Rs 30,000 crores, generating a potential employment of nearly 40,000 in the State in this time period,” he added.

The dignitaries present in the ceremony were Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Chief Secretary, VK Pandian, Secretary 5T and Private Secretary to CM, Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary Industries, Ranjana Chopra, Principal Secretary, MSME Department, Md Sadique Alam, Director of Industries, Odisha.

Industry veterans including Kavita Jain, Vice President and Head of Foods and Refreshment, HUL, BC Mohanty, Director, Orifood and Beverage Pvt. Ltd., Pooja Ray, Managing Director, Mayfair Hotels and Resorts Ltd., GVV Satyanarayanan, VP, Growel Feeds Pvt. Ltd. were also present through VC at the Inauguration/ Ground-breaking event.