Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Monday said, “Peoplecentric governance is the essence of a true democracy. The continuous trust of the people of Odisha is the ultimate energy that guides the policies of my government”.

Speaking in the State Assembly on the thanks giving motion on the governor’s speech, the chief minister said, “There was a time Odisha was identified with acute poverty and calamities. Today, we are known for highest reduction of poverty in the country and setting global benchmarks in disaster management. Our resolve to carve out a New Odisha-Empowered Odisha is firm.”
“During the last 20 years of our governance, we promised what we could deliver and delivered what we promised. We are the only State which has doubled farmers income. We have brought more than 8 million people out of poverty in the last decade. This could not have been possible without bringing in significant improvements in the household income of the farmers of the State.
Let me take the example of KALIA scheme. It is a unique scheme tailor-made to the needs of our farmers and now is a model for the nation.
Through KALIA scheme we support about 50 lakh small and marginal farm families and about 25 lakh landless agriculture households.”
“We have the finest example of near universal health care in Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, providing free healthcare services to all citizens irrespective of their income, or status in all government medical facilities. I am sure this August House will be happy to note that our Odishamodel of achieving sharpest decline in Malaria in the state is acknowledged globally by World Health Organization.”
“Empowerment of women is very close to my heart. It is the surest way to ensure socio-economic development of the households. ‘MissionShakti’, our Women Self Help Group movement today is spreadin every corner of the State. More than 40 lakh mothers have been assisted under MAMATA.”
“We are now considered as a Nutrition Champion State.”
“We are working tirelessly to ensure sustainable, inclusive and livable cities for the urban people.
Our attempt is to provide Pipe Water Supply to each and every urban household for which an ambitious initiative ’24X7 Drink from Tap’, assured quality supply has been planned and being put in place.
Through Jaga Mission we have granted land rghts to more than fifty seven thousand families on in-situ basis in all the109 municipalities and NACs.
Jaga Mission has got Global recognition in the ‘World Habitat Award’.”
“Our intervention in providing education to more than 5lakh ST and SC students with hostel facilities.”
Some of the ambitious targets which the State government is focusing on are:
•By August15th 2020 our citizens will have the freedom not to visit government offices for any services.
They will have the option of online services or professionally run common service centre or doordelivery.
•April1st is the dateline for shifting of all wage payments through banks for all line departments.
•IFMS in all government transactions across Departments by April1st.
•Mo Sarkar in all Departments by March5th 2020.
We have now reached a certain stage in development and governance from where we should take a leap to the next level.
In this backdrop the State government is going to focus on employment and value addition on a bigscale comparable to the best in the world.
Bold industrialisation and world class infrastructure…..MSME clusters……Startup Hubs….to stamp our puresence in the global tourism map… have robust socio-economic indicators….all this leading to a New Odisha–Empowered Odisha.