Naveen meets 19 business leaders, happy over response

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today met industry leaders of 19 group of companies personally on a one-to-one basis on the second day of the ‘Make In Odisha’ conclave here.
“I am extremely pleased over the response we get from the investors. They have reaffirmed their commitment. I have spoke to 19 business leaders,” Patnaik told reporters expressing optimism over the possible investment in the state.
Patnaik said the event will go a long way in carrying forward the brand Odisha as a land of new opportunities.
Describing the discussion as meaningful, Patnaik said that the industry leaders have displayed their commitment and support for the industrial growth of Odisha which will lead to massive employment opportunities for the state’s youths.
The meeting with the captains of industry, which lasted for more than two hours, included Satish Pai of Aditya Birla Group, Goutam Adani of Adani Group, Arundhati Bhattacharya of
SBI, Anil Agarwal of Vedanta Resources, Sanjay Mehrotra of SanDisk, Saroj Kumar Poddar of Adventz Group, Navneet Bhagat of Fortunex, Krishna P Maheswari, Kamal Maheswari, Rajamani Krishnamurty and Prasanna Choudhury of Essel Group.
Several companies led by CII chairman Naushad Forbes also met chief minister.
They are N Kumar of Sanmar Group, Binod Sharma of Dekim Electronics, Tom Albanees of vedanta Resources, Vinayk Chaterjee of Feedback Infra, Ramesh Kymal of Gamesa Winf Turbine Private, Piruz Khamatta of Rasna Pvt Ltd, S Shivakumar of Agri and IT business of ITC, Aswani Malhotra of Weikfield Foods, B K Goenka of Welspun Group, Sukarna Singh of TASL, B Thiagarajan of Blue Star and T V narendran of Tata Steel.
Earlier in the day, Patnaik laid foundation stone of the ITC limited’s food processing unit at Khurda food park.
While addressing the inagural session of the ‘Make in Odisha’ conclave, Adani Group Chairman Goutam Adani said that his company would increase its investments in Odisha by about Rs 3,000 crore. He said this new investment will create 10,000 new jobs in the state.
He also said that the group plans to double the capacity of its Dhamra port in the state to 50 million tonnes soon.
Hindalco will invest Rs 4,000 crore in its expansion programme in the state while T Krishnakumar, the CEO India CBO & Region Director of Coca-Cola India announced to invest Rs 500 crore in Odisha in next three years.
Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said: “We are optimistic to receive a large investment proposal.