Monday, May 23, 2022

Outlook SpeakOut: Reimagining Odisha

At Outlook SpeakOut: Reimagining Odisha, elected public representatives, officials, intellectuals, academicians and thought leaders will engage and enlighten us on how Odisha can tap its true potential and become the growth engine for India.

Outlook SpeakOut: Reimagining Odisha
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Outlook SpeakOut: Reimagining Odisha is an event where elected public representatives, officials, intellectuals, academicians and thought leaders will engage and enlighten us on how Odisha can tap its true potential and become the growth engine for India.

The challenges are many. But the goal is one: To reimagine an Odisha that will fire the imagination of the world.

The chief guest for the event is Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gases and Skill Development.

Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, will deliver the key note address.

Here are the Highlights:

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Outlook felicitates Icons of Odisha: Sudarshan Pattnaik, Ananya Nanda, Aruna Mohanty and Haldhar Nag.

As per govt data, state of nutrition in 20 districts of Odisha is worse than sub-Saharan Africa: Dharmendra Pradhan.

Unless we skill the youth and re-skill those who are already working, we won't be able to realise their potential, says @dpradhanbjp.

The greatest satisfaction for me is the fact that no. of LPG users has doubled to 26 crores from 13 crores since I became minister. I am happy to have played a small role in this through the Ujjwala scheme: Dharmendra Pradhan.

"It is sad that Odias trained and skilled here excel in other states. When will we use their skills here," says Dharmendra Pradhan.

Stone age evidence available in Kalahandi suggests the first civilisation flourished here. Buddhism spread from Odisha to Sri Lanka and south East Asia, says Dharmendra Pradhan.

Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas & Skill Development Dahrmendra Pradhan delivers Chief Guest Address at Outlook SpeakOut: Reimagining Odisha.

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The reason for lack of entrepreneurial culture in Odisha: The peer group to support entrepreneurship doesn't exist, says Mukti Kanta Mishra.

When asked why Odisha doesn't have many entrepreneurs, Sukirti Patnaik, founder @IndulgeTheSalon says: "The reason is we first need to dream. We should start teaching about entrepreneurship in schools and colleges."

Business and entrepreneurship is not just about hard work, it's about building culture of risk taking, which is hugely lacking in most people, especially women, says Jagi Panda. 

Our next panel discussion is on Young Entrepreneurs: How Can Odisha Benefit. Our panelists include Sukirti Patnaik, @PresidentCutm, @JagiPanda and Samir Swain.

On being asked how do you reimagine Odisha, Archita Sahu says "Odia has so many natural resources and acting talents; Odia film industry should grow so that it can contribute to the state's economy."

"Odia culture is very rich. There are so many popular Odia novels; there is no dearth of subjects to make different Odia cinema," says Babushaan.

"Odia culture is very rich. There are so many popular Odia novels; there is no dearth of subjects to make different Odia cinema," he added.

Compared to the past, it is easier to make movies now. People can easily connect to the stars through social media. The reach of entertainment industry has also increased because of modern technology, says @babushaansai.

I want to see women raise their voices and speakout for themselves, says Archita Sahu.

Odia superstars @architaworld and @babushaansai being felicitated.

The way GAIL is building gas infra is going to create new energy highway in Odisha, says Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi, CMD, @gailindia.

As a regional party, we believe states' regional leaders should get priority at the national level, says @bjd_odisha 's leader Bhartruhari Mahtab.

When asked how much blame bureaucrats should take for lack of development in Odisha, Aparajita Sarangi says 'politicians and bureaucrats are the two aspects of the same coin'.

Politicians and Bureaucrats are the two aspects of the same coin. ‘Political will’ is very much required. I know the limitations of bureaucracy and this is precisely the reason, why I have left bureaucracy, says Aparajita Sarangi.

To say that Odisha hasn't performed well in the last 20 years isn't correct, says former bureaucrat Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, Retired IAS.

"It is not that Odisha does not have the capacity or vision...We should be far more impatient if we want to move fast," he added.

The politicians and planners have developed a habit of blaming our predecessors. They haven't taken up the best of the past 60 years, says Panchanan Kanungo, Former Finance Minister, Odisha.

"We should try to focus on making Odisha the Germany of India", says Aparajita Sarangi.

Odisha to me is not just a geographical connotation, it's a land which has immense opportunities and possibilities, says @AprajitaSarangiFormer Bureaucrat and Politician.

 It's time for first panel discussion which is themed Reimagining Odisha: Vision 2025. Our panelists include Bhartruhari Mahtab, Panchanan Kanungo, Jugal Mahapatra, Ramesh Mahapatra and Aparajita Sarangi. Session will be moderated by Sandeep Sahu.

When it comes to reimagining odisha development, Jayant Sinha says there are 3 services-driven industries that are based on Odisha's natural competitive advantage:

1) Tourism

2) Outward Migration

3) Garments

 We have embarked on a connectivity resolution. Aviation is an example on how there has been revolution in connectivity, says Jayant Sinha.

Earlier, flying was considered only for the elite. Today, it has become mass services, says MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.

We have been able to achieve a level of macroeconomic stability that is essential for economic growth, says Jayant Sinha, MoS Civil Aviation.

The farm to factory development model for India would be quite challenging, I won't be an advocate for that: Jayant Sinha .

MoS Civil Aviation @jayantsinha is on stage to deliver keynote address  at Outlook SpeakOut: Reimagining Odisha.

Indranil Roy, Outlook CEO, delivers welcome speech at Outlook SpeakOut: Reimagining Odisha. 

Our panelists include Bhartruhari Mahtab, Panchanan Kanungo, Aparajita Sarangi Jagi Mangat PandaGurdeep Singh (CMD, NTPC), Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi (CMD, GAIL), Tapan Kumar Chand (CMD, Nalco), Sanjiv Singh (CMD, Indian Oil)Chairman, Rinkesh Roy (Chairman, Paradip Port Trust).

Odia actors Archita Sahu and Babushaan Mohanty will be in coversation with TV actress Shobhana.

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