Bhawanipatna (Odisha), Sep 28 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday launched the three-day ‘Kalahandi Dialogue’, a global conclave on development for the district.

Using the platform, the chief minister also launched several projects for the district.

Though Patnaik was not present at the function due to health issues, he launched the conclave via video-conferencing.

Sujeet Kumar, the Chairperson of Kalahandi Dialogue, explained the reason behind creating the collaborative platform to engage the youth in development dialogue and action.

Kalahandi has undergone transformation from an example of poverty and hunger to a surplus agri-producer, Kumar said/ Odisha Skill Development Council chairman Subroto Bagchi shared several examples of entrepreneurs from Kalahandi to highlight the contribution they are making to the socio-economic transformation of the district.

The ITI of Kalahandi is now 58 years old and has trained more than 15,000 students who have been employed or have created employment in and around Kalahandi, he said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the people of Kalahandi for making the district the “green basket” of Odisha.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.