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Odisha has a great future given political stability and other factor endowments:N.K. Singh

New Delhi: 9/1/19:The 15th Finance Commission on Tuesday said Odisha with 72 per cent of India’s mineral resources and a politically-stable environment is nowhere near its true potential, but with certain initiatives can have a great future.

“With so much mineral wealth, Odisha is truly an example of a state which is nowhere near reaching its true growth potential… The Commission is of the view that the state of Odisha has a great future given political stability and other factor endowments,” it said.

The Finance Commission led by Chairman N.K. Singh is on a four-day visit to the state to hold detailed meetings with the state government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during which the Commission will hold discussions on the state’s finances and other issues.

On Tuesday, the first day of the visit, the Commission members met the representatives of trade and industries of Odisha.

“The Commission felt that it was ironic that with 72 per cent of India’s mineral resources, manufacturing sector in Odisha was still very moderate. This has resulted in low job creation,” the Finance Commission said in a statement.

“Some recent initiatives of the state government have been good and effective, but deeper changes in the regulatory framework, combined with improved infrastructure and logistics are needed to make the state truly competitive,” it added.

Later, the Commission will hold meetings with the representatives of various political parties and those of the Panchayati Raj institutions and Urban Local Bodies of Odisha.

It will undertake field visits to take stock of the state’s poverty eradication program – Odisha Livelihood Mission. It will also visit the Self Help Groups, Drinking Water Projects, Cyclone Shelters and other development projects of the state.

Further, the Commission will also review the works undertaken by the Chilika Development Authority as well as Wetland Research Centre.

About Ashok Palit

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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