By Nilambar Rath

In the past decade and a half Odisha has demonstrated fairly rapid and impressive growth in virtually all spheres. There has been significant decline in poverty. Much more needs to be done in the two decades before Odisha completes its first century of political formation.

Bhubaneswar, 23 February 2017: “Odisha has great potential in contributing to the national as well as the global scenarios. The state has a rich civilisational past. It has a unique niche in the world of dance, music, literature and inclusive religious thought. The state is mineral rich and has great industrial potential. Thus its resources need to be harnessed judiciously”, says Prof. Pulin B Nayak, a premier economist of the country and the former Director, Delhi School of Economics.

Speaking to OdishaLIVE on the context of ‘Odisha Ahead’, the event to be held by ‘Invest Bhubaneswar’, the economist said that the formation of Orissa in 1936 was the culmination of the tireless efforts of great savants like Madhusudan Das. Orissa was the earliest state formed on the basis of language. It brought together the Oriyas into one geographical and political entity, who were earlier scattered in the Bengal Presidency, Central Provinces and the Madras Presidency. Neglected and exploited for a long period, they were now in a position to shape their own destiny.

‘Invest Bhubaneswar’ is organising the conclave on 25 February 2017 at Bhubaneswar which aims at hosting over 20 Odia thought leaders of our time and develop a vision document based on their ideas to fuel the growth of the state in the coming 2 decades. Prof. Pulin B, Nayak is one among the speakers who are going to share their vision at the occasion.

“In the past decade and a half Odisha has demonstrated fairly rapid and impressive growth in virtually all spheres. There has been significant decline in poverty. Much more needs to be done in the two decades before Odisha completes its first century of political formation’, he advises.

The former Head of the Department of Economics and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Delhi emphasizes on proper attention to the social sector for faster development of the state. “There is urgent need to invest heavily in the health and education sectors. A strong role of the state is absolutely vital’, he highlights.

Answering a question on the importance of the initiative ‘Odisha Ahead’ he says that conclaves like the ones being envisaged have a very useful role. It can bring together people from diverse walks to make a fresh and renewed beginning. Thus one must not minimise the importance of ideas in this great collective effort.

(To track what’s happening at the event please log on to: www.odishaahead.com)

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