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Odisha, the Best State in Skill Development; to get Prime Minister’s Award on May 5

Bhubaneswar, May 1, 2018: On May 5, Odisha will be presented with the Prime Minister’s award as the Best State in the country in skill development of rural youth.

“Our state has left behind all major states with second and third placed Kerala and Andhra Pradesh way below us in all parameters,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his Facebook page.

The CM said Odisha has successfully trained and ensured employment for a record 96,000 rural youth under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY).

“Our Odisha Rural Development and Marketing (ORMAS) with its out-of-the-box initiatives for ‘Quality with Quantity’ accounts for one-fifth of National target and many reputed national and multinational companies are preferring our skilled youth. More heartening is the fact that other states are studying the Odisha model to replicate it for skilling their youth,” said Patnaik.

The Chief Minister congratulated Panchayati Raj Department and Team ORMAS for the achievement.

“Let us continue to march ahead with collective efforts to give shape to our vision of making Skilled In Odisha, the Best in the World. And, the world will ask, “Are you skilled in Odisha!,” urges the CM.

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