10 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: The young Odisha is inspired, energised, bereft of any baggage or stigma and ready to go out to create new milestones for society and the Nation, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while addressing the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2019, Odisha, held at the KIIT Auditorium in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
"My Odisha is transforming at a fast pace united by a sense of empowerment. The youth, the women of Odisha are out to serve society and ensure transformation. The youth of Odisha are proving their mettle in skill, in sports, in entrepreneurship and in many diverse sectors," said Patnaik.
He stated that in Odisha, more than 40 percent of the population belongs to the age group of 15 to 25. Nationally, half of Odisha youths are below the age of 25, so these youngsters are future of the Nation.
"Our youth have immense potential; can excel in any field of their own choice. But, whatever you do in life, your true identity, your true worth as a human being will be reflected when you stand up for your fellow brothers and sisters in society. The commitment to bring change in society, the determination to transform lives around you must be a mark of your generation," said Patnaik.
The Chief Minister mentioned three instances which signify the massive transformation that is happening across the State and which may make the youths attending the summit contemplate over their future course of action.
The Chief Minister in his speech mentioned the two girls of Kendrapada district Purnima and Sabita, who about a week ago had risked their lives, braving fearsome crocodiles in deep waters of the Mahanadi in a dark night to save many lives from a boat capsize.
Patnaik further told how a young lady of Malkangiri district, Mamata Padiami, who in June last year had championed the cause of women by telling him about the special needs of women in health care, thus successfully enhancing the healthcare cost of women up to 7 lakh under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana.
Lastly, the Chief Minister talked about Jayanti Ekka, the tribal woman of Sundergarh district who is a leading woman entrepreneur of a Self Help Group under Mission Shakti. Her grit, leadership and entrepreneurship ability had been witnessed by all during the Make in Odisha in November. She has been engaged in empowering hundreds of women in her areas.
Patnaik ended his speech saying, “We are born to serve society. We all are angels to make this beautiful world more beautiful with a continuous endeavour to make our world a better place to live. I am sure; you can, and you will. That is what will unite us with a common thread. God bless you. Bondey Utkal Janani.”