Bhubaneswar: 28/3/22: “The recovery of economy from the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic was a huge challenge and Odisha was successful in rebooting the economy”, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the State Assembly on Monday.
Speaking on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address to the assembly at the beginning of the budget session, CM Naveen thanked the people of Odisha, for the remarkable collective spirit with which they have stood up over the past two years of the Pandemic in spite of loss at the personal, professional and livelihood front.
“With the wholehearted support and cooperation of the people of Odisha, through our timely interventions and our preparedness, we were able to contain the spread of the Pandemic and save invaluable human lives. It was a war the whole world was fighting against, and the courage, determination in this war was indeed heroic,” said CM Naveen Patnaik.
The Chief Minister said he was sure that Odisha is in the right path, taking timely steps to vaccinate our people in the eligible age group, following appropriate COVID protocol to stay safe, and preventing the spread of the virus at this juncture of the Pandemic.
“For us, every life is precious. We have reached a stage, where everyone can be provided with equitable, affordable, and qualitative healthcare services. People of Odisha have started reposing greater trust and faith in our public healthcare systems. 96.5 lakh families have been issued BSKY smart cards covering a population of 3.5 Crore. On average, about 1.5 lakh beneficiaries avail cashless services daily in Government and empanelled private hospitals,” said Naveen.
The CM said that over the last 10 years, Odisha has grown at an average rate of 6.5% against national average of 5.3%. During 2020-21 fiscal due to slow down, Odisha’s economy contracted by 5.3% compared to 7.3% contraction in national economy and that would mean, comparatively we are less affected.
“As per advance estimates for 2021-22, Odisha registered 10.1% growth compared to 8.8% growth in National Economy,” he added.
“At this juncture, I am glad to point out that we are the only State to be fully FRBM compliant since enactment. Fiscal prudence and inclusive development are our twin policy objectives that guide our growth trajectory,” the Chief Minister said, adding “We are a pioneer State in implementing international best practices in Public Financial Management. The Government is providing complete budget information in user-friendly formats on the website of the Finance Department as well as the dedicated Odisha Budget portal. My government has brought out new disclosures, along with Annual Budget, 2021-22 making Odisha a leader in budget transparency and disclosure.”
“Our success in Start-up Odisha Initiative has made us the “Top Performer” and “Leader” State in Start-up rankings during 2018 and 2019. We provided special financial support to the MSME sector to tide over the COVID crisis. We had continuous engagement with the industry to ensure that their production and logistics are not hampered by the pandemic,” Patnaik said.