Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 :
The 5 day long national level industrial exhibition-cum-seminar, titled “Odisha Moves Forward” organized by Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCI) concluded on Wednesday amidst hopes that the event would have a positive impact on the government’s policies with regard to industries and entrepreneurship in the state.
State Energy and I & PR minister Arun Kumar Sahoo who was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony highlighted the growth of the state in the last decade and claimed the state has achieved poverty reduction by 24.6%, the highest in the country. He also claimed that the per capita income in the state had grown from Rs 14,882 in 1999 to Rs 27,000 in 2013 and that Odisha was the second in the country in terms of foreign direct investment ( FDI) .
Sahoo also appreciated the role of corporates, industry and services sectors for their contributions to the development of the state.
“A Shakti Bhawan which will bring all the energy-related corporations – the OHPC, OPGC, NSPC, GDCL, GRIDCO, and NTPC – under one roof, is being planned ,” he announced.
Arun Kumar Mishra, Head, Kalinga Nagar Tata Steel Project hoped their 6 million ton steel plant at Kalinga Nagar project will repeat history that was written in Jamshedpur few years ago. He appealed to the corporate houses to be active partners in the progress of the state.
Vishal Dev, secretary, Industry department. & CMD, IDCO as well as Panchanan Dash, secretary, MSME appealed to UCCI members to add value to the state through innovative business and enterprise.
Ramesh Mahapatra, president, UCCI, sought the support of both large-scale and MSME in the economic growth of the state.
Utkal Chamber awarded a number of industrial houses and successful entrepreneurs for their outstanding contributions in different fields of industry, business and services.
The UCCI also distributed digital hearing aids to hearing- impaired children on this occasion.
Debabrata Dash, Secretary, Utkal Chamber offered the vote of thanks.
Earlier in the day, a seminar on “From exclusion to Inclusion, Promotion of Universal Accessibility” was organized by the CSR and CD committee of the UCCI at the conference hall of the Chamber.
Arati Ahuja, principal secretary, Women and Child Development, Kasturi Mohapatra, chairperson, state commissioner for persons with disabilities, Ram Kishore Sharma, rehabilitation officer, ministry of Labour & Employment, DGE&T, Anjilee Agarwal, Samarthyam, National Centre for Accessible Environments, and Arun Mishra, Deputy Vice President, TATA steel Ltd. (Kalinga Nagar) participated in the seminar and presented their views with regard to finding a pragmatic solution to the issue.