Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik government Saturday completed two years in office in its 5th term

The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Saturday, presented his government’s report card of two years while addressing the Council of Ministers, here today.

“The people of Odisha have blessed our government with 5th term and we have been working very hard to live up to the expectations and fulfill all our commitments”, said Patnaik. In spite of all the challenges like the present pandemic and the cyclone, we are quite confident that we will emerge victorious in this crisis with the cooperation of the people of the State, and continue to carry forward the good work for the transformation of Odisha”, he asserted.

Even before the start of the 5th term of this government, we had to face the challenge of Cyclone Fani in May 2019. Since then over the last two years we have been continuously dealing with the devastating impact of the cyclones and the Covid-19 pandemic . It’s a period of unprecedented crisis and we are trying our best to protect our people.

“Odisha’s model of disaster management is now recognized the world over for its efficiency and humane approach. Climate change has created new challenges for humanity. In Odisha, we have been witnessing an increasing trend of cyclones of greater intensity.

“Today, the Council of Ministers passed the resolution to make disaster and pandemic preparedness a part of the curriculum of the schools and colleges. Every student, elected representative, government official, Misson sakti members, and so on will be trained in disaster and pandemic preparedness. This is a historic step and will enable and empower our future generations to withstand the vagaries of nature whether its biological or climatic. Odisha will stand out in saving peoples lives.It flows from our realisation that community preparedness is key to disaster management.”

“While the government has had to deal with crisis after crisis, we have not lost sight of the commitments we made to the people of Odisha in the last elections. Our major focus in this term has been the principles of 5T- Transparency, Technology, Team work, Time and Transformation. Every department has adopted a transformative agenda and is working relentlessly towards achieving the goals.”

To connect directly to the citizen, we had started the Mo Sarkar feedback system. Over a period of time, there have been visible changes in the attitude and behavior of the government servants at all levels towards the citizens. There have been sincere efforts for systemic and process-based changes to make administration and service delivery more citizen-friendly and technology oriented.

“We are having a special focus on the development of education and health. Massive investment of over Rs 8500 crores in development of healthcare infrastructure across the State is under progress. The SCB Medical College and Hospital will be developed as a great institution with an investment of Rs 3500 crores. More than 786 doctors and 5137 paramedics have been recruited in the last one year alone.”

Education is the key to unravel the full potential of our children and therefore, the Transformation of the High Schools has been a main agenda and more than 1000 schools have been taken up in the first phase this year. To prepare our youth for the global job market, we have started the World Skill Center as part of our “Skilled in Odisha” program. Our youth will be provided quality skills in every sector so that they can compete with the best in the world. Odisha continues to be a favorite investment destination. Inspite of covid situation we attracted some of the biggest investments in the country.

We continue to focus on sports development in the State. More than Rs 1000 crores worth sports development projects have been taken up, including India’s largest Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.

Agriculture and farmers’ development is the keystone of our State’s development. We have kept our promises related to the Kalia Scheme by transferring more than Rs 6118 crores to the farmers accounts in last one year. With renewed vigour, our government has given strict timelines to complete the irrigation projects. The Upper Indravati Lift irrigation project and Lower Indravati project have been inaugurated this year.

Towards womens empowerment, we have been supporting the Mission shakti groups across the State. In a pioneering move , the Dept of Mission Shakti has been created. To enhance financial empowerment, it was decided that Government will proactively involve the Mission Shakti groups in various government activities worth 5000 cr in 5 years.

To preserve the cultural heritage of our great State, we have launched various projects for heritage conservation across the state in Puri, Konark, Samaleswari Temple, Harishankar-Nrusinganath temple etc.

We continue to strengthen our Panchayati Raj institutions and Urban local bodies in our state by transfer of Rs 11287 crores directly from the Finance Commission grants over last two years.