June 24, 2022
The honorable Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik is on a 10-day foreign tour to Dubai and Europe to strengthen the socio-economic ties of Odisha with these countries. Currently, Mr. Patnaik is in Europe where he recently had a famous meeting with Pope Francis. However, after the meeting with Pope Francis, Naveen Patnaik along with secretary to 5T chief VK Pandian had a great conversation with the NROs of Rome.
A good number of Odisha natives settled in Europe gathered at the posh hotel in Italy’s capital city and listened to Naveen highlighting Odisha’s achievements in recent years. Naveen’s private secretary V K Pandian, who is also the secretary, of transformation and initiatives, spoke at length about the eastern state’s successful food security model and how the state has traversed the path of food shortage to becoming a food surplus region.
Naveen met Odias based in 12 countries across Europe. Besides Pandian, Resident Commissioner Ravi Kant was present at the event,
The diaspora is comprised of professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, missionaries, and students from diverse fields such as medicine, engineering, IT, artificial intelligence, business process outsourcing, etc. The NROs reiterated their dedication to the development of Odisha.
Representatives from UK Odia Association explained the steps being taken to construct a Jagannatha temple in the UK. Chief Minister assured all support for the same.