Odisha to set up Directorate for Pravasi Odia Affairs

Bhubaneswar: The state government will soon establish the ‘Directorate for Odisha Parivar’ to provide the necessary support to Pravasi Odias or Odia people living in other parts of the country and abroad.

The Odisha Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved a proposal in this regard.

“The Odisha government has been in touch with the Pravasi Odias in one way or other. But, there was a need for the establishment of a one stop point for providing the required support to the Odia Diaspora. The proposed directorate will strengthen the relation between Non-Resident Odias (NROs) and the state government,” said an official.

Some state governments in India have set up designated bodies to look after the interests and welfare of their non-resident citizens, he added.

As per the Cabinet decision, the Directorate of Odisha Paribar will come up under Odia Language Literature and Culture department. The directorate will engage with the Odia Diaspora in the growth journey of Odisha by leveraging their knowledge, skills and global reach. It will also try to solve the issues of NROs, said the official.

Directorate for Odisha Parivar will perform the following activities:

1-It will act as a single point of interface with the various departments of the state government for resolution of specific issues regarding labour, students, cultural promotion and clearances.

2-The directorate will enlist Odia associations in different parts of India and abroad.

3-It will develop a close relationship with the NROs, including the Gen Next, through partnerships at individual, institutional and civil society levels on matters relating to promotion of Odia language, culture, heritage, tourism, sports, handlooms and handicrafts.

4-It will enlist organizations involved in furthering the cause of cultural heritage of Odisha.

5-The directorate will prepare a list of Jagannath temples located in different parts of India and abroad.

6-It will promote the cultural heritage of Odisha, celebrate Odisha Diwas and organize World Odia Conferences at regular intervals.

7-It will bring out selected Odia works in other languages of India and important languages of the world.

8-The directorate will promote Odia economic and skill networking to harness investment opportunities in Odsiha.

9-It will reach out to the NROs in distress and provide the necessary support.

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