An empowered, inclusive Odisha is our goal: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said that an empowered and inclusive Odisha is the goal of his government and appealed for the cooperation of all in this regard.
“An empowered, inclusive Odisha is our goal and people of Odisha have blessed us to realise this goal. My Government will leave no stone unturned towards achieving this goal,” Patnaik said while replying to the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address to the assembly.
“The will of the people is supreme in a democracy. I bow to the verdict of our people who have given us yet another opportunity to serve the state. The faith that the people have reposed in us is clearly reflected in the mandate,” he added.
He said with the blessings of the people, his government will continue the journey determinedly to deliver a clean, transparent and citizen-centric governance.
“During the last nineteen years, we had kept our promises. We are proud of our achievements,” the CM emphasised.
Speaking about the extremely severe cyclone ‘FANI’ which caused extensive damage to life and property in Puri, Khurda and other districts, the CM said, “Our management of FANI and restoration efforts have been appreciated nationally and internationally. I express my gratitude to the people of Odisha who have shown indomitable spirit in such a difficult time.”
He said the government is committed to the cause of the people, especially the weaker sections. “In order to send a clear message of our commitment to keep the promises made to the people, the first meeting of the Council of Ministers was convened immediately after the swearing-in ceremony and it was resolved to implement the manifesto promises as the priorities of the Government in a time-bound manner,” he pointed out.
Stating that agriculture continues to be the backbone of our economic growth and prosperity, he said the state government’s KALIA scheme will be continued as promised. “Our Government will continue its efforts for the development of irrigation,” he said.
He said women empowerment is a key prerequisite for good governance. “We are committed to take women empowerment to the next level. My Government will pursue aggressively women reservation in every forum,” he added.
The BJD supremo said that ensuring quality education is among the top priorities of the government and added that Odisha Adarsha Vidyalayas will be made operational in all blocks of the state. Besides, a Scholarship Council will be set up to facilitate scholarships both on merit and socio-economic criteria, he said.
Speaking about housing, he said the government will take expeditious steps to convert all left out Kutcha houses into Pucca houses. He also termed the creation of employment opportunities for youth as the top agenda of the government and said 30 lakh employment opportunities are expected to be created in six focus sectors. “The World Skill Centre shall be producing one lakh filly thousand highly skilled professionals,” he maintained.
“Our Government is taking all possible steps to establish world-class sports facilities in Bhubaneswar in its effort to make Odisha as the preferred sports destination. We had indicated in our manifesto that the state will have a policy of Constructive Cooperation with the Central Government with only agenda of “State’s development- and welfare of four and half crore people of Odisha,” he added.

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