Odisha’s Development Needs Many Hands

Odisha Vikash Conclave for Odisha's development - OVC2018

3-day Odisha Vikash Conclave-2018 from August 24

Bhubaneswar, 21 August: After enormous success of the first edition of Odisha Vikash Conclave (OVC) that deliberated on wide range of subjects for Odisha’s Development, including poverty, social exclusion and high levels of inequality that hinder growth of the state, the second edition is going to be organized from August 24-26, 2018, informed the coordination team of OVC here in a press meet.

The three-day Odisha Vikash Conclave 2018, like the previous 2016 edition, – will serve as platform to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), top government officials, policy makers, academic institutions and corporate leaders  to churn out new development agenda for accelerating growth of the state, said Jagadananda, Convener of Odisha Vikash Conclave.

“The conclave will project comprehensive development perspectives that would guide policy makers and administrators to carry forward the state on the path of progress and prosperity”, said Ghasiram Panda, member of the team OVC.

Besides, through 19 dedicated thematic sessions on Odisha’s Development; – the OVC will focus on challenges related to Tribal Empowerment & Development; Forest and Non-forest Commons; Food and Nutrition Security; Rain-fed Agriculture; Rural Employment & Migration; Green Skill & Entrepreneurship Development; School Education and Quality Learning; Health; Drinking Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; River Ecology; Inclusive Governance; Fiscal Management & Social Accountability; Democratizing Urban Governance; Panchayati Raj; Towards Resilient Odisha: Disaster & Climate Change Action; Corporate Sector in Localising SDGs; University Community Linkage; Social Exclusion and Inequality and Child Rights, informed Ms Sneha Mishra, another active member of OVC.

“We are quite optimistic that the three-day exercise will surely create an environment for public debate and informed discourse around Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 for Odisha. It will also help articulate a transformative development agenda for the state and a prepare roadmap to move forward through an effective collaborative framework” said Manas Mishra during the press meet.

The Conclave will be attended by CSO and CBO leaders, government officials, corporate leaders, academia and PRI representatives. Various sessions of the conclave will be organised at different locations in the city Bhubaneswar said Ms Pramila Swain.

Vice-chairman of NITI Ayog will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural ceremony at the Rail Auditorium at Chandrasekharpur on August 24. Several Development experts, policy makers, corporate leaders and community change makers shall deliver the governance development challenges of the state.

After the deliberations, the Conclave will release a compendium of best practices of sustainable development experimented at the grassroots level. Around 800 participants from across the state have consented to participate in the intensive deliberations along with civil society experts. Among others Bikash Pati, Ms Bharati Chakra, Sudarsan Das, Asima Choudhury, Sudatta Khuntia and Sandeep Pastnaik were present during the press meet.