Bhubaneswar: Replying on the Vote of Thanks to Governor’s Budget Session Address, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today pledged that his Government will deliver a clean, transparent and citizen-centric governance and leave no stone unturned towards achieving the goal of an empowered, inclusive Odisha for which the people have voted again.
He began, “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. With the blessings of the people, we will continue our journey determinedly to deliver a clean, transparent and citizen-centric governance.
The Chief Minister stated, “During last nineteen years, we had kept our promises. We are proud of our achievements.”
He added, “Recently, our State faced extremely severe cyclone FANI’, which caused extensive damage to life and property in Puri, Khordha and other districts. 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.”
“Our 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 apprised the House.
He added, “Agriculture continues to be the back bone of our economic growth and prosperity. KALIA scheme will be continued as promised. Our Government will continue its efforts for development of irrigation.”
He also stated, “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.”
The Chief Minister averred, “Ensuring quality education is among the top priorities of our Government. Odisha Adarsha Vidyalayas will be made operational in all Blocks of the State. Our Government will set up a Scholarship Council to facilitate scholarships both on merit and socio economic criteria.”
He also asserted, “We shall take expeditious steps to convert all left out Kutcha houses into Pucca houses. Creation of employment opportunities for our youth is the top agenda of our Government. Thirty lakh employment opportunities are expected to be created in six focus sectors. The World Skill Centre shall be producing one lakh fifty thousand highly skilled professionals.”
He further said, “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.”
He added, “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.”
Appealing to all the members of the House to cooperate, the Chief Minister announced, “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.”