State needs more technocrats: Chief Minister

Berhampur: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said the state needs more technocrats and skilled manpower to meet the demand of upcoming industries.

"Orissa needs more technocrats, scientists and skilled persons to meet the demand for upcoming industries," Patnaik said at the annual function in Parala Maharaja Engineering College at Sitalapalli on the outskirts of the city.

The students should utilse science and technology for the economic development of the state and young technocrats should develop their skills to meet the demand for a large number of industries being set up, he said.

He also inaugurated the newly constructed college building and laid foundation for hostel for boys and girls.

Patnaik also gave away the ex-gratia amount to the farmers in his own constituency Hinjili, who had lost their crops in the unseasonal rains in December.

The Chief Minister launched a vocational and professional education programme, "PREMA", for the youths of four districts — Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Puri.

"The project will produce skilled human resources which are in demand in the today`s market" said chief minister while launching the project.