The land of vivid culture, rich heritage and awe-inspiring traditions, Odisha is now determined to incorporate modernization in its nerves to witness a dawn of better tomorrow. Being a state of great political stability with issues of greater concern, it is time to cover every last mile, strengthening economic, geographic as well as socio-cultural tracks.
Although the growth rate has shown a great slope of 6%, it is tragic that our economic development remains stagnant. The state still houses more than 32% of the total population below the poverty line. It remains behind in crucial fields like economy and human development and this definitely calls for immediate attention of the concerned officials to wake up from their slumber and underline the development process.
With the objective to generate an attitude of reforms in governance and to include public participation along the way, our city hosted a 3 days long “determined-to-fight-till-finish-spirit” conclave that witnessed radical speeches of measures for proper utilization of resources.
The conclave was on tenacity to bring Odisha from somewhere down the list to a better, higher position.
Panelists emphasized on the need and urgency of bringing about change in not only methodologies but also mindset of the people. One of the great minds, Dr. Birupakshya Dixit, co-ordinator, India Programmes, Practical Action, summed up the conclave saying, “It is all about discussing the methodologies of development going on, in different parts of India and drawing inspiration from them to implement in Odisha. Education, health, finance and, livelihood are the current sections here that need to be modernized and need a body remodeling at the earliest.”
It concluded with an Odisha development report, to portray the blatantly real picture of development versus the earlier estimates on different development indicators, aimed to influence the government, at large, to take up some initiative through various planning processes with a designed level of importance.
An impeccable initiative, in a nutshell.
It was a rare congregation of Civil Society members, international organizations, and various government departments to agree over certain agendas, to accept the challenges, and convert it into opportunities to eventually have a way forward. The conclave in its entirety cannot radicalize the whole process, but it can provide the necessary boost to a future action-plan and accelerate the process for sure.
As exclaimed rightly, by Subrat Das, Executive Director, Centre for Budget Governance Accountability, “This has been a path breaking effort, and it has opened up so many new horizons”.
On the other hand, statistical data representation eliminated every vague and diplomatic approach paving way for new researches, researchers, scopes and hopes that willed to employ at least 25% of the eligible candidates for a minimum of 100 days. The conclave also had a say in environmental changes. The difficulties faced by people around was clear enough from the track of Mr.Pradeep Baisakh, Asia coordinator, Action 2015, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, who said, “What we need to do is to promote new research and put efforts into eradicating the harmful consequences and recover the damage done. Everyone is feeling the pinch of climate change in various forms. We are trying to reach out to the person standing at the last in line, which sadly in context of Odisha is the 40% of rural population”.
The conclave housed a massive audience who were patient enough to revered IAS officers, Ministers, Chief social reformers, position holders, politicians and civilians under the same umbrella vowing to make Odisha a better place.
We wait, hope and expect for miracles to happen but fail to realize that even miracles take their own time. The certain change is welcomed but the strive behind is what takes more than just patience and encouragement. As the session went on with eminent dignitaries presenting their tracks of sectors with data with utmost precision, the ubiquitous silence to some unavoidable questions is what left the void compelling brains to storm around stressing on the need of the hour.
It’s high time that we quit talking and start acting. Mottos to develop Odisha in every possible way and give it a respectable position in the map include various models, propositions, plans and efficient utilization of resources at large, focusing on sustainable development eliminating exhaustive ones.
Looking forward to a better tomorrow with a fresh dawn to embark onto a journey that retrospects the urgency of understanding the responsibility of amending the poor-perception, poor-policies and poor-plans rather than calling Odisha a poor state.
[BY: Dibyaswarupa Mohanty and Manish Sehgal]