Bhubaneshwar:27/3/23: Despite COVID-19 pandemic which triggered the largest global economic crisis, Odisha attracted record new investment proposals of more than Rs.4,54,175 crore just in four financial years of 2018-19 & 2021-22, generating over one lakh job opportunities, according to the study on “investment, growth & development in Odisha – a land of opportunities”.

The study jointly conducted by the MSME Export Promotion Council and Confederation of Organic Food Producers & Marketing Agencies was released here today by MSME EPC chairman Dr D S Rawat. During this period, Dr Rawat said, Rs.1,26,529.53 crore  investment projects were completed and many of the projects were in advance states of completion.

The state has witnessed rapid transformation in the past decade in terms of industrialization and become ‘preferred destination for investors’ is successfully attracting the highest investment for the last few years resulting big boost to the all round growth. The study analyzed the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy’s (CMIE) data related to new investment proposals, projects completed and revived and outstanding as well as under implementation projects.

During the pandemic period of 2020-21 which severely affected the entire world, the state attracted new investment proposals of Rs.112188.46 crore, completed the projects worth Rs.26268.42 cr, revived the projects of Rs.3344.10 cr. It was noted that the total outstanding investment projects were Rs.1643994.45 cr and under implementation of Rs.884090.55 cr.

In 2021-22, the new investment projects announced were of Rs.112329.04 cr, completed projects were of Rs.21031.10 cr, the total outstanding projects were of Rs.1765831.77 cr and under implementation of Rs.927630.87 cr.

Export of all commodities, including petroleum & crude and non-petroleum products such as agriculture & allied, minerals, manufactured goods and other commodities has been significantly increasing.

Dr Rawat said, the study found that the state has been at the forefront of the adoption of IT and experimenting with emerging technologies to drive and transform governance in the state to positively impact the lives of the citizens.

Due to the effective execution of the policy initiatives, the state has increasingly become the destination for modern technology companies in the eastern part of India. All the major IT companies have a long presence in the state and, of late, international organizations are also moving in the state.

Odisha offers huge potential to the food processing and organic farming sectors. While the food processing sector has been significantly contributing to reduce the post-harvest losses and promoting horticulture and agri-based factories, the organic farming has helped farmers to enhance their income for sustainable livelihood.

The study says, year after year, new farmers are becoming organic farmers and now the total area under certification process both cultivated and wild harvest in 2020-21 in Odisha has been 96306.88 ha., the cultivated farm area during 2020-21, 92694.81 ha., the organic area under wild collection during the same period 3612.07 ha. The farm production in 2020-21 has been 131852.02 ha., organic production from wild area 242.00 MT.

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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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