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Panagariya calls for empowering people through education

Bhubaneswar, Sep 19: NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Arvind Panagariya on Monday said true empowerment of people can be achieved only when their income level goes up. He suggested that both Union state governments must work in tandem to ensure that various schemes and programmes aimed economic growth of the people are implemented in right spirit.

Inaugurating the three-day Odisha Vikash Conclave here in the city, Dr Panagariya said the best way to enable people increase their income is to empower them with quality education.

“There can be no better way other than imparting quality education to people to empower them achieve higher growth rate. Once they are empowered, they would afford for good food, cloth and houses which would contribute to the building of a great nation,” he said.

“When economy grows, it generates incomes and directly empower people. Apart from meeting their food, cloth and shelter, they make good spending in healthcare and quality education,” he added.

Stating that Odisha made significant progress in poverty reduction in the last few years and achieved higher economic growth rate in recent years, Panagariya said this tempo should be maintained.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in order to empower the people state should think of a sustainable economic model instead of relief centric model.

“Relief centric model can bring temporary happiness but it cannot bring out sustainable development. State should have role of empowerment. It should not have only a relief mechanism,” he observed.

The Minister requested the Niti Ayoga VC to hold a similar interface with civil society representatives in New Delhi for preparing a roadmap of sustainable development.

Speaking on the occasion, Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said key challenges must be identified and necessary steps be taken accordingly.

Presided over by noted social activist and former Odisha Information Commissioner Jagadanand, the conclave witnessed a large turnout of civil society representatives, intellectuals, media persons and people from various other sectors.

Nalco chairman and managing director Dr Tapan Chand gave vote of thanks. A set of recommendations will be submitted both to State and Central Governments with specific suggestions to augment development process of Odisha after the three-day deliberations. 

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