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Pace of development has been hit in Odisha owing to social exclusion:Rajiv Kumar

Bhubaneswar:26/8/18:The pace of development has been hit in Odisha owing to social exclusion, malnutrition and fall in education quality, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said Saturday.

“Social exclusion, malnutrition and degradation in quality education are the major challenges and break the speed of development process,” Kumar said at the inauguration of the three-day ‘Odisha Vikash Conclave-2018’ in Bhubaneshwar.

Grassroot level development needs inclusion of all the stakeholders like civil society organizations, policy makers, government officials, academia and community-based organizations, Kumar said.

Noting that four out of 10 children in the state are undernourished and suffer from mental disorder, he said the major cause of this situation is lack of adequate nutrition and balanced diet, unhealthy environment and unhygienic practices.

This creates an alarming situation for the state and need to be addressed immediately, said Kumar.

He said the Centre is focusing on education for all and is planning to come out with output-based accountability in basic education to ensure quality learning, he said.

He said Odisha’s growth rate was higher than the national average of 6.7 per cent, but one needs to ascertain whether the fruits of development and growth are reaching all sections of the society.

Speaking at the Conclave, Union Petroleum and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the event is an unique opportunity for all the stakeholders like academia, policymakers, civil society organizations and community-based organisations to build up inclusive development.

Dr Rajesh Tandon, Co-chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and president, PRIA, said working and making partnership among government and non-government actors hold good taste in sustainable development agenda.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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