Chennai: Renowned actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan today met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on the sidelines of Odisha Investors’ Meet in the city.
“As I am new to politics, I had come to meet him (Naveen Patnaik) and take advice in this regard,” said Haasan after the meeting.
Earlier in the day, Patnaik addressed the Investors’ Meet and invited the potential investors to make investment in Odisha.
“I take this opportunity to invite you all to participate in the Make in Odisha Conclave – our flagship biennial Global Investors’ Meet. The first edition of the Make in Odisha Conclave evoked enthusiastic response with announcement of over INR 2 lakh crores of investment intent. My Government has since demonstrated its commitment to deliver projects on ground. About 65% of the projects are at various stages of approval and implementation,” the CM said.
Patnaik also launched the 36-hour Smart Odisha Hackathon in the run up to the Make in Odisha Conclave-2018. He called upon budding entrepreneurs and students to come up with innovative solutions to resolve the pressing challenges of public service delivery as well as those that concern the industry and consumers. He stated that the shortlisted ideas will be implemented as pilot projects and winners will be awarded attractive prizes.
During the meetings with investors, the strategic advantages of Odisha were highlighted such as the low cost of doing business, incentives for investors, dedicated sector-specific clusters and over 1,20,000 acres of land bank available for industrial development.
The industrial infrastructure at National Investment Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ), Kalinganagar, food processing park at Khordha and Chhatabar, textile parks at Ramdaspur and Dhamnagar, aluminium parks at Angul and Jharsuguda and the plastics park at Paradip were presented to the investors.
Notably, the state government has partnered with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for the second Make in Odisha Conclave scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar from November 11 to 15.