Cuttack: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Odisha, today said the coastal state has a bright future.
“I foresee a bright future for Odisha,” said Shah while participating in an event on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Odia daily Prajatantra here.
The Union Home Minister claimed that ‘Acche Din’ (good days) of Odisha have arrived with the unprecedented representation of the state at the national level.
“Odias have occupied several top posts in the country. Droupadi Murmu, a daughter of Odisha, has been elected as the 15th president of India. Dharmendra Pradhan and Bishweswar Tudu of Odisha have become Union ministers. Aswini Vaishnaw, a Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha, has also become a minister at the Centre. Bishwabhushan Harichandan, a veteran leader from Odisha, has been appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Odisha has never got such high representation at the Centre since independence,” Shah said.
The Union Home Minister claimed that Odisha, a mineral rich state, has huge potential for development. The Centre is cooperating with the state government for various developmental projects, he said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik participated in the event as the chief guest while eminent novelist Pratibha Ray was the chief speaker. Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan presided over the meeting. Prajatantra editor Bhartruhari Mahtab delivered the welcome address while Prajatantra Prachar Samiti trustee Lokranjan Mahtab gave the vote of thanks.