Rome: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today met the Odia diaspora here. Odias based out of 12 countries across Europe had a very lively and engaging interaction with the Chief Minister, the PS VK.Pandian and the Resident Commissioner Ravi Kant.
The diaspora comprised of professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, missionaries, students from diverse fields such as medicine, engineering, IT, artificial intelligence, and business process outsourcing etc.
The diaspora were proud to recount the achievements of the Odisha government in the areas of food security, health, education, infrastructure, disaster management, women empowerment amongst others.
The diaspora reiterated their strong sense of ownership and dedication for the development of Odisha.
Patnaik thanked them for their renewed sense of conviction. He was especially glad to see that the Odias are doing well in Europe. He discussed with them the transformational initiatives taking place in Odisha and invited them to partner with the State government towards the development of the State.
Representatives from UK Odia Association explained about the steps they are taking to construct a Jagannath temple in UK. Chief Minister assured all support for the same.
He congratulated them on their successful careers and that the State is proud of their achievement. He wished them good luck in their future endeavours.