28 September 2018
Bhubaneswar: Extending his support to the Kalahandi Declaration and wishing Kalahandi district a brighter future, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today congratulated the organizers dubbing ‘Kalahandi Dialogue indeed a unique initiative’.
Due to viral fever the Chief Minister had to cancel the tour to Bhawanipatna (Kalahandi’s district headquarters) today, but he joined the programme through video conferencing from State Secretariat here.
In his key note address on the occasion, the CM said, “Kalahandi is a story of resilience and hope. In the last few years, Kalahandi has scripted a new story. It is the story of growth and resilience, and all the credit goes to the people of Kalahandi. Transformation of Kalahandi is visible.”
“From subsistence agriculture, Kalahandi has now become the grain basket of Odisha. Area under irrigated area in the district has increased by 115 percent from about one lakh fifteen thousand five hundred hectares in 2000-01 to another one lakh thirty-two thousand five hundred hectares during 2017-18. This turnaround was possible only due to sheer perseverance and hard work of the people of Kalahandi,” remarked the Chief Minister.
He added, “Over the past two decades, Kalahandi has witnessed massive infrastructure development both physical and social. A new Government Medical College & Hospital will soon come up in Bhawanipatna. The district has also partaken in the industrial boom that is happening in the State. Inclusive growth has always been the focus of my Government and Kalahandi is one of the finest examples of our model of development.”
“Regarding the College of Agriculture, I would like to announce the opening of five PG Departments, namely Agronomy, Soil Science & Agriculture, Chemistry, Entomology, Plant Physiology and Plant Pathology. Besides, I am pleased to announce the RRTTS, Bhawanipatna as the Centre of Excellence on cotton, tropical fruit, crops and aromatic rice,” stated the Chief Minister by wishing the Kalahandi Dialogue endeavour all success.
The special video conferencing programme had the presence of Odisha Skill Development chairman Subrato Bagchi and Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.