KalingaTV News Network
Bhubaneswar: In recognition of Odisha Government’s achievements on the development front in the past few years, the World Bank has appreciated the state’s progress in fields like poverty alleviation and child mortality reduction.
World Bank’s country director for India Juanaid Kamal Ahmad, who paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday at the state secretariat, dubbed the Odisha Government’s works towards poverty elimination as very much appreciable. He said the government’s measures child mortality reduction were also encouraging.
Ahmad also held a discussion with Naveen on varied topics like infrastructure development, irrigation, electrification, agriculture, health, economic reforms and rehabilitation in cyclone affected areas during his meeting with him.
Naveen conveyed to the World Bank official Odisha’s priority areas like agriculture, employment generation, rural economy, infrastructure development, drinking water, health, nutrition, education and skill development. He hoped the cooperation between the World Bank and Odisha would increase in coming days in sectors like women’s empowerment and infrastructure development.
Notably, the World Bank and the Odisha Government have reached an agreement on economic and technological cooperation in the next five years. An executive committee would be constituted soon to prepare the ground in this connection.