Bhubaneswar: The development trend of Odisha is progressing rapidly. People are now emphasizing on various aspects of development, not politics. There is a new enthusiasm in all categories. The desire to do something for oneself and for the society has increased. Confidence in our abilities has increased. Odisha continues to strive to be the best in all fields, this is the transformation, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his Republic Day message on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister said, “Four and a half million people of Odisha, each and every one of them, is the driver of this transformation. If we move forward with this enthusiasm, the dream of a strong Odisha must be realized when the State celebrates its centenary in 2036.”
“The atmosphere of the World Cup of Hockey has now made the whole state a celebration. Meanwhile, we are celebrating the Republic Day today. The eyes of the whole world are now on Odisha. Twice we have successfully organized the World Cup of Hockey. This is a matter of pride for the whole country, every Odia,” Naveen said.
The CM said, “It is not just sports, it is our industrial development journey (of Rs 10 lakh crore capital and 10 lakh employment opportunities). Success stories of our mothers, and opportunities to become small & medium entrepreneurs from self help groups is exemplary.”
The Chief Minister also reiterated his commitment in the fields of education and health. He highlighted 5T School Transformation and Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana. Besides, programmes for the Welfare and Empowerment of Farmers like Kalia, Balaram and Millet Mission, all have created a new identity for Odisha, he said.
On the occasion, Naveen paid his humble tributes to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Maulana Azad, Dr BR Ambedkar, Veer Surendra Sai, Bakshi Jagabandhu, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das, Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das, Gopbandhu Choudhari, Nabakrushna Chaudhuri, Shaheed Laxman Naik, Ramadevi, Shaheed Baji Raut, Malati Chowdhury, Parvati Giri, Dr Harekrushna Mahatab and Biju Patnaik.
The Chief Minister also paid his tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the unity and security of the country.