New Delhi: A roundtable on the occasion of Odisha Day was held on April 1 in the national capital city of New Delhi under the aegis of Odisha Positive in association with the Roots of Odisha Foundation. The panel of speakers discussed the issue of post-pandemic economic scenario in the state of Odisha and enumerated the opportunities ahead for according the eastern state its rightful place in development parameters..
The event was presided over by CA. Sudhir Kumar Dash and he distinguished panel included industry veteran Michael Jon Mattsen, CEO of MattsenKumar LLC, USA, Pankaj Gupta, CEO, vCloudx Pte Ltd, Singapore, Anshu Sarin, CEO Berggruen Hotels, Dr. Sadanand Sahoo, Dr. Srikant Panigrahi, director general, Indian Institute of Sustainable Development, Professor IGNOU, Lt. Col. Dr. Parminder Kaur, Ritin Agarwal, CEO Fundvice and Yogendra Singh, notable environmentalist and eco travellor.
In the 2 hour power packed Round Table Discussion hosted social media platforms Mike Mattsen highlighted the wider opportunity of employment that can flow to Odisha with Work From Home becoming the New Normal post the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pankaj Gupta, CEO of vCloudx said that Odisha had tremendous potential to foster not just the state economy but also the National Economy. To unleash the potential the right eco system should be in place. Publisher and Editor Chairman of Voice of Civil Society, CA Ravi Pani, recalled the golden days of Odias and their business voyage across the Globe during maritime trade.
Recounting her visit to the Tribal Heartland of Kraput, Kandhamal and Phulbani, Lt. Col Dr. Parminer Kaur emphasized the importance of Child Care which is lacking in remote tribal hamlets.Yogendra Singh comparing his experience of travel in Odisha and that of his International Travel stated the rural hospitality in Odisha is greatest and nowhere in the earth can be expected. Odish is ideally placed for Eco-Adventure-Spiritual Tourism and this will foster rural employment.
Dr. Sadanand Sahoo, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Founder of Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism highlighted the importance of Odia diaspora to come forward and contribute to the home economy. Dr. Srikant K Panigrahi, Director General of Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) while giving the finest remark on the idea of the Round Table Discussion highlighted the Potential of investment in renewable sector be it the Wind/Solar/Wave/Geo Thermal in Odisha given it has a vast coastline and forest valleys.
Setting the agenda of the Discussion and in his Closing remarks, CA Sudhir Kumar Dash drew the attention of the panel to the very fact that Odisha is a power surplus and politically stable state. In the opening remark advocate Sanjib Kumar Mohanty highlighted the vast language diversity, culture and peace which was already available in the state.