Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik proposed the World Bank for aid for Skill Development

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday proposed that the state government work together with the World Bank in a number of fields, including higher education, skill development, green energy, drought mitigation and drinking water.

“We have sought support of the World Bank for our higher education system, improving rural livelihood and skill development,” said the Chief Minister.

“Currently the state is availing technical and advisory support as well as programmatic investment support in the areas of irrigation, road sector and post cyclone rehabilitation,” he said. Patnaik said World Bank has played a vital role in the growth of the state’s economy and the turnaround of its finances. “Our engagement with World Bank spans several decades in diverse areas ranging from hydro power, agriculture, road sector, health and technical education to structural adjustment support for fiscal restructuring,” he pointed out.

The World Bank team including country heads and executive directors was on a two-day visit to Orissa (now Odisha) to see firsthand some of the work being done under World Bank-supported projects in the state.

Chief Secretary AP Padhi said the state government has sought WB support in the field of education as well as skill development in hand-loom and handicraft sector for more employment generation.

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