Pradeep Pattanayak

Odisha Chief Minister on Sunday exuded confidence that his government aims to bring the poverty in the State down to 10% in the next 5 years. 

While addressing his party members on the occasion of BJD’s 25th foundation day, Patnaik said Odisha is leading among all the States in the country in terms of reducing poverty.

The poverty percentage in Odisha has reduced from 63 percent to 29 percent with over 8 million people having crossed the poverty line. 
“We will reduce the poverty percentage to 10 percent in the coming five years,” Patnaik announced. 

“It is the blessings of people of Odisha that has turned Biju Janata Dal (BJD) into a movement. The Party doesn’t have any boss. The people of Odisha are its boss,” Patnaik stated. 

“Odisha has received a whooping over Rs 4 lakh crore investments during the Covid-19 pandemic period which is the highest in the country. The Smart Health Card has been able to instil a sense of confidence among the people,” the Chief Minister said in his speech to the party leaders. 

The foundation day celebration was attended by leaders including BJD headquarters general secretary Sanjay Das Burma, vice-president Debi Prasad Mishra, organisational secretary Pranab Prakash Das and many workers. 

“We all the leaders and workers today pledged to make the uninterrupted journey the party has covered under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik an everlasting one,” said BJD headquarters general secretary Sanjay Das Burma.