Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched 14 industrial projects in Odisha, out of which three were inaugurated and the ground-breaking ceremony of 11 were performed on Friday.
The units attract a combined investment of Rs 1537.07 crore and will generate employment for 3,773 persons. The inaugurated projects have an investment of Rs 436 crore and the other 11 units will have an investment of Rs 1,100 crore. These projects are in diverse sectors like textile, apparel, fertiliser, renewable energy, food processing and waste management.
Naveen expressed happiness over the investments coming in diversified sectors. He also thanked the industries partners for critical support during COVID pandemic.
Speaking on the occasion Naveen said, “Our industries have been actively partnering with State Government not only in economic development, but also in discharging social responsibility. During the peak of the second COVID wave, when the whole country was witnessing shortage of medical oxygen, Odisha responded proactively and supported other states in supplying life-saving medical oxygen. Several industries of Odisha came forward to contribute medical oxygen, tankers, generators, cylinders and crucial accessories. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the corporates who helped us in these testing times.”
Underlining the emergence of Odishsa as a top investment destination, he said Odisha is fast emerging as the ‘Manufacturing Hub of Eastern India’.
‘My government’s stable policy and facilitating environment has enabled the growth of industries in the state. The implementation of ease of doing business reforms and facilitation provided by various Departments have ensured that businesses continue to grow in the state.’
Assuring his government’s support to industries, he said we have always endeavoured to provide a hassle-free and smooth doing business environment for the investors in Odisha. Even in these difficult times of COVID-19, the state has attracted major investments and continues to enjoy the trust of investors. Today’s event, where we are launching new industrial projects in diverse sectors ranging from renewable energy, food processing, waste management etc. is a proof of our efforts in attracting investments across different sectors, he added.
Industries Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra, representatives from industries including MD Britannia Industries Varun Berry; Executive Vice Chairman Vedanta Navin Agarwal; Director Wild Lotus Textile, PL Mohanty and President, Operations of Aditya Birla Renewables Amitabh Verma also spoke.
Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian moderated the programme while Principal Secretary of Industries Hemant Sharma gave the welcome address and MD IPICOL BS Poonia offered the vote of thanks.
Among others, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohaptara, Principal Advisor to Chief minister Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner, MSME Secretary, and senior officers attended the event.