Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday encouraged the civil service probationers to follow the ideals and dreams of our founding fathers and strive to achieve excellence in jobs and serve the nation with pride.

Under the leadership of LBSNAA joint director Radhika Rastogi, 181 IAS probationers and two probationers from Royal Bhutan Civil Service are on a four-day study tour to Odisha on a study tour as part of their Bharat Darshan programme conducted by Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.

Welcoming the officers, the CM said, ‘You are all entering a crucial phase of your life. The country has great expectations from young officers.’

Focussing on 5T Transformative model of governance, the CM said that Odisha is fast emerging as a leading state in many fields. We have adopted a transformative governance model built on the principles of transparency, team work, technology and time.

We have transformative Initiatives across varied sectors like rural development, housing, skill development, sports, industrial development, mining, tourism, heritage conservation, road development, and many others, he specified.

He said that Odisha was once known for poverty and disasters like cyclones. Today, we are recognised as a role model for disaster management across the world. We are a food surplus state and doubled the farmers’ income in the last decade. There is rapid reduction in poverty in the state, he added.

Under Mission Shakti, he said, 60 lakh women have been empowered who have become part of a movement to bring about socio-economic change in our rural areas.

Through Kalia scheme, we have been able to directly transfer money into the accounts of farmers, including small and marginal, he added.

With Biju Swathya Kalyan Yojana, he said, we have walked an extra mile and given health assurance to our citizens. While the health infrastructure has undergone a major up-gradation, the transformation of High Schools under 5T programme will bring a generational change in our students.

Coming to drinking water provision, he said that Puri has become the first city in the country with Drink from Tap facility and now this mission is being taken to other towns in the State.

He hoped during their brief stay in Odisha, they would be able to learn from some of these projects. He hoped all of them take back home fond memories of this beautiful state.

The Chief Minister felicitated Ms. Radhika Rastogi, Joint Director, LBSNAA and presented her a memento representing state’s maritime glory. She also presented a memento to the Chief Minister.

A short video on State’s Transformative Governance was screened.

In his address, Chief Secretary Shri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said that Odisha is one of the fastest growing states and also best managed state as far as finances are concerned. Citing the success in Covid management, he counted the efforts like free treatment to all patients, Oxygen supply, and community engagement that made Odisha one of the best states with least mortality due to Covid.

Joint Director LSBNAA Ms Radhika Rastogi said that experiential learning will have high impact on the learnings of the probationers. They would learn from Odisha’s success in various verticals over next three days.

A probationer of Chhattisgarh cadre Shri Jayant shared his experience of the Bharat Darshan tour. He said they are amazed by the transformation in disaster management in the state that is registering near zero casualties in every cyclone now.

DG Gopabandhu Academy Smt Ranjana Chopra gave the welcome address and Principal Secretary Finance Shri Vishal Dev offered the vote of thanks.

Chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, IAS, Director General of Gopabandhu Academy Administration Ranjana Chopra and finance principal secretary Vishal Dev attended the programme along with senior officers of the State government. Later on, the probationers proceeded to Konark and Puri to see cultural heritage and architectural marvels of the Odisha temples and have darshan of Lord Jagannath at Puri.

The officer trainees during their study tour will visit six districts, Dhenkanal, Angul, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Keonjhar and Balasore and will have a first-hand experience of various welfare programmes, and development and livelihood schemes launched by the State. The probationers will also get an exposure to the State Government’s success in disaster management. The district Collectors will be planning a comprehensive programme to showcase the 5T transformational initiatives of the Government.