Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Panagariya said that the true empowerment of people can be achieved only when their income level goes up. He suggested that the Union government and state government must work in tandem to ensure that various schemes and programs aimed economic growth of the people are implemented in right spirit.
“There can be no better way other than imparting quality education to people to empower them achieve higher growth rate. Once they are empowered, they would afford for good food, cloth and houses which would contribute to the building of a great nation,” he added. He further said, “When economy grows, it generates incomes and directly empower people. Apart from meeting their food, cloth and shelter, they make good spending in healthcare and quality education.”
“In order to empower the people state should think of a sustainable economic model instead of relief centric model. This model only can bring temporary happiness but it cannot bring out sustainable development. State should have role of empowerment. It should not have only a relief mechanism”, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.
The minister requested the Niti Ayoga vice chairman to hold a similar interface with civil society representatives in New Delhi for preparing a road-map of sustainable development. The Niti Ayog VC agreed to the proposal.
Speaking on the occasion, Odisha Health and Family Welfare minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said that key challenges must be identified and necessary steps should be taken accordingly.
Presided over by noted social activist and former Odisha Information Commissioner Jagadanand, the conclave witnessed a large turnout of civil society representatives, intellectuals, media persons and people from various other sectors.
Nalco Chairman and Managing Director Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand gave vote of thanks. A set of recommendations will be submitted both to State and Central Governments with specific suggestions to augment development process of Odisha after the three-day deliberations.