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Bhubaneswar, 21st September 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): Real development of Odisha will be possible only when the people who have remained deprived all these years avail the benefits of all socio-welfare measures implemented them. This underlying message which was the crux of the three-day deliberations at the Odisha Vikash Conclave 2016 has been well-acknowledged by both the State Government and the Centre, – said CYSD member secretary and the chief organizer of the conclave, Mr Jagadanand.
During the deliberations, Union and state ministers, bureaucrats, corporate leaders, intellectuals, development activists and eminent people from various walks of life debated on at least 11 important subjects like health, food and nutrition security, water and sanitation, governance, tribal empowerment and development, budget and fiscal management, school education and quality learning.
“Impressed by the thoughtful deliberations by the panelists, the Union government and Odisha Government have evinced interests to share the recommendations of the conclave and invited us to carry further the development dialogue,” said Mr Jagadananda.
Niti Ayoga vice chairman Dr Arvind Panagariya who has extended invitation to the organizers of the conclave for holding a similar event in New Delhi said such deliberations would not only benefit Odisha but other states, as well.
Mr R Balkrishnan, the Development Commissioner (DC) of Odisha, – also invited the representatives of Odisha Vikash Conclave to share their recommendations and work alongside the Odisha government to carry forward the development goals.
“Development of Odisha is not the sole concern of the State Government; – the civil societies have a great role to play in it. I’m quite happy such a fantastic conclave with scholars and people from the grassroots was organised,” Mr Balkrishnan said.
The DC informed that keeping in view the centenary celebration of Odisha formation day in 2036 the state government was preparing a vision document.
Odisha industry, school and mass education minister Debi Prasad Nayak, who attended the concluding ceremony of the conclave, – said the state had made significant progress in different parameters between 2000 and 2016.
Lauding the role of civil societies in development process, the minister said the department of planning and coordination has been remained as planning and convergence department for better coordination among various stakeholders.
Organised by CYSD, the conclave saw participation by many frontline civil society organizations like RCDC, HDF, Vasundhara, Living Firm, Practical Action, PHFI, Aide et Action, SLCS, Odisha RTE Forum and industry body CII.