Odisha has become a role model over the past two decades: CM Naveen at India Today Conclave

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has become a role model in various fields and has come a long way in the past two decades, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said during India Today’s Odisha State Conclave which s is held here on Friday.

In his keynote address on “The Odisha Model of Governance”, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “When I took over as Chief Minister in 2000, the state was going through a severe crisis after the super cyclone of 1999. State finances were in disarray and there was no money to pay even salaries. Development activities were completely stopped. At that time, Odisha was making headlines for all the wrong reasons like hunger, poverty, disasters.

Naveen said that in the past two decades of his government in Odisha, the state has come out of the crisis situation and made rapid progress in development and become a model in many fields.

“It was not an easy trip. We had to overcome many challenges, including a heavy legacy of political corruption and administrative lethargy in the state. Large parts of the state are facing geographic and socio-economic barriers,” the Odisha CM said.

“But in order to meet the aspirations of the people of Odisha, we have worked with courage and determination,” he said, adding that the people of Odisha appreciate our good governance and have trusted our party for five years. consecutive years. terms,”.

Patnaik said his government’s governance model is to provide transformational governance with the aim of building a new Odisha. “The principles of our governance are best explained in the 5Ts – transparency, technology, teamwork, time and transformation,” he said.

Stating that transparency in governance is the most important aspect of our government, Odisha CM said, “We follow a zero tolerance approach towards corruption and have taken exemplary action against these officials. We aspire to people-centred governance through transparency in decision-making and optimal use of public resources for the development of the state.

“We leverage the latest technologies to improve the efficiency of governance systems and the delivery of public services. For example, the secretariat is done entirely online. Most public services are now delivered online. Smart classrooms are being built as part of the high school transformation and classes are being taken online to improve the quality of education. A model program for empowering farmers like Kalia could be launched and executed in a short time, thanks to technology,” the Chief Minister said.

“Governance cannot take giant leaps without teamwork. All parts of government must be aligned with a common goal of transforming the state. Therefore, we follow the “whole of government” approach. Especially during crisis situations, it is very effective. Whether it’s cyclone management or Covid management, the entire government apparatus is involved to deal with the situation.

Likewise, all segments of society must also be included in this process. We strongly believe in inclusive governance, which represents the most disadvantaged people. Therefore, we have women’s empowerment programs like Mission Shakti. Over 70% of our Zilla Parishad presidents are women. We have ensured that women get more than their fair share in governance structures and become important members of our team for the new Odisha. »

Citing another example of sports partnership, Naveen said: “We have established partnerships with sports federations, companies and sports people. Together we have established high performance centers and organized national and international tournaments. Through such partnerships, we could help restore the glory of Indian hockey. »

Furthermore, the Chief Minister said, “We want to accelerate the pace of development and therefore time is very important to our government. We no longer believe in incremental development. The people of the state want the transformation to happen and therefore all our efforts are directed towards achieving this goal.

Much has already been accomplished over the past two decades. From a situation of abject poverty and hunger, we are now a leading state in paddy production. We are on a fast track of industrial development. We are the best in mining and mineral industries like steel, aluminum etc. Odisha has been recognized in many areas such as skills development, health initiatives like Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, urban projects like Jaga Mission, Drink from Tap, high school transformation, taxation management, food security, drinking water mega projects, road connectivity like the Biju highway, etc.

“Despite the Covid pandemic over the past two years, Odisha is one of the fastest growing states in the country. We are making huge investments in all sectors including major irrigation projects, the infrastructure development, industrial clusters, health facilities, educational initiatives, etc.,” Patnaik added.

“Over the next two years, there will be visible transformational changes across Odisha. We are confident that this will be a giant leap in the history of the development of the state and that a new transformed Odisha will emerge as a ‘leading state in the country,’ concluded Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Rebecca R. Santistevan