Vintage Naveen in a New Avtar

Bhubaneswar: Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. This quote of legendary football player Pele fits right even today when we see some of the successful leaders who have accomplished a public life successfully and dedicated themselves to the development of people. One of such leaders in India who has proven himself is Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha.

On 29th May 2019, Naveen Patnaik took Oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for fifth consecutive time. He has been leading the state since the year 2000 and is in the league of very few people who have made such a remarkable journey in Indian politics. He is the only chief minister In India who has been serving for a record fifth term today.

Naveen’s success is the result of his efforts – his effort to develop the state of Odisha. His new stint is being designated as Naveen 5.0 – a typical technical term but absolutely fitting. When we have a look at the beginning of the political journey of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and compare it with today, we have a visible difference. Today, the Chief Minister has become more accommodative. He is now seen in a new Avatar, particularly after taking the mantel for the fifth term. One of his first priorities after winning the elections was choosing a council of ministers that will fulfill his promises and drive the development agenda forward. Chosen meticulously, the ministers have to prove themselves before the Chief Minister. Naveen has given them the responsibility and has a stern message with it. He has asked for monthly report cards from the ministers on the progress made in implementing the Government’s priorities. High on his priority list are poverty alleviation, empowerment of women, development of weaker sections of the society and welfare of youth. The targets have been fixed.

Naveen’s new avatar has a new and rejuvenated government that stands for the people of Odisha. Immediately after taking oath, the chief minister stressed on time bound implementation of the schemes. Targets have been fixed for completion of the programmes within specific time frame.

Naveen’s Three T mantra has been added a new dimension – Time. The Chief Minister said “I would like to emphasize once again on the 3Ts of governance – Teamwork, Transparency and Technology leading to Transformation. I am going to add a new dimension to this – Time. Time is of critical essence,.” All this shows that a progressive model of governance is in the making in Odisha.

In his first speech to the new ministers, Naveen said “Today we have approved in principle the Manifesto as priority of Government. 365 days from now, on 29th May 2020, we present before the people our achievements vis-a-vis promises. I know some of the promises take time. I want the Council of Ministers to put their best efforts in achieving this New and Empowered Odisha. The world should know that Odisha’s time has come. And Our Time Starts Now,”.

All this shows a rejuvenated people centric government led by a dynamic chief minister who has stressed upon using technology with a humane perspective.

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