Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked Team Odisha to take bold decisions keeping people as the focus and assured them of all out support.
While addressing to state and district level officers at secretariat, Patnaik referred to them as Team Odisha whose relentless hardwork and dedication has earned laurels for the state.
He advised them to keep the good work going which has his all support.
“Take bold decisions keeping people as the focus. I will stand behind you. All your good work will be recognised and rewarded,” Patnaik said.
Giving them credit for the ‘Best Administrator’ award conferred by Outlook, Patnaik said: “Without your hardwork and commitment we couldn’t have walked thus far. But we have huge challenges before us. My government stands for people centric governance where the outcome is always measured in terms of employment of citizens.”
Recalling his early days in the office, Patnaik said when he took charge in 2000, Odisha was in a state of despair – a state in hopelessly tough situation with endemic poverty, state finances in shambles, infrastructure in a pathetic condition – almost at the bottom in most of the socioeconomic indicators. Through sheer team work, commitment and pro-people policies, his government has come a long way in the last 17 years to look into the eye of the storm and has set global benchmarks in disaster management.
“It’s not a mean achievement for a state which suffers from several natural disasters year after year with not much support from successive Central Governments. In spite of this thanks to the resilience of the people of Odisha, we have overcome many odds and reached here,” the four-time Chief Minister exuded.
“Let Team Odisha show to the world the way to transform governance for public good. Let Team Odisha resolve to make the state the best state to live in. Let Team Odisha create a new brand of development ensuring zero casualty in the face of a super cyclone, build one million houses in two years, better the national average in IMR, move a record 8 million people out of poverty, be the only state to double agricultural income and play a vital role in National Food Security,” Patnaik added.