Odisha is set to generate employment opportunities for over 7000 people as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched 12 new industrial projects on Thursday. The projects are estimated to be of worth Rs 8,796.61 crore and include four large scale industries and eight MSMEs in sectors like healthcare, steel, renewable energy, IT, food processing sectors and cement.

“I am delighted to attend the 10th phase of the ground-breaking inauguration ceremony for industrial units of the state today,” the Odisha CM said.

“I am particularly happy to note that our state continues its dominance as an attractive destination for the investor community despite the impact of COVID-19 across the world. The projects being taken up for the ground breaking inauguration today are in broad-based sectors including cement manufacturing, renewable energy, seafood processing, IT, ITES and others. These projects will create more than 7,000 employment opportunities in the state,” he added.

With these projects, CM Patnaik aims to revive the state’s economy that has been affected massively by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Odisha CM has asked all the concerned departments to work in complete coordination to set up the projects as quickly as possible.

Dibya Shankar Mishra, Minister of State for Industries and MSME, said the set up of industrial projects will be an encouraging trend. Prafulla Mallik, Minister for Steel and Mines, attended the opening ceremony of Rungta Mines integrated steel project in Dhenkanal.

Susanta Singh, Rural Development Minister, was part of the inauguration ceremony of the solar power project of the Aditya Birla Renewables Limited in Bijepur, Bargarh.