At a time when national economic stats paint a grim picture of upended little enterprises and significant unemployment, Orissa has shone a beacon of hope, lining up firm proposals for investment of around Rs 3 lakh crore. These investments by a hundred-odd firms will generate an approximated 110,000 new work opportunities. Point out business secretary Hemant Sharma statements these figures have been introduced only immediately after the Naveen Patnaik governing administration was confident that the assignments would materialise and not continue to be unfulfilled expressions of intent. “Investments well worth Rs 3 lakh crore have been permitted by the government’s single window clearance process and are at different levels of execution like land allotment, development etc.,” states Sharma, brushing aside any scepticism.
In 2020-21, when the pandemic was raging and enterprises have been both shutting shop or likely gradual across the nation, industries in Odisha contributed to 36 for every cent of the state GVA (gross value extra), continuing the advancement pattern from 2019-20 when the sector grew by 3.6 for each cent in contrast to .9 for each cent for the nation, in accordance to Odisha authorities figures.
The point out is blessed with abundant mineral reserves, such as 28 for every cent of the national reserves of iron ore, coal (24 for each cent), bauxite (59 per cent) and chromite (98 for each cent). It has noticed large-ticket investments by a number of company giants this kind of as Tata Steel, Jindal Steel, Bhushan Metal, Hindalco Industries and Arcelor Mittal Nippon Metal. It is also strategically placed—a 480 km coastline, three operational ports at Paradip, Dhamra and Gopalpur, which with each other handled 153.9 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2020-21, a community of good motorable roads and good railway connectivity. Both equally Paradip and Dhamra ports are being expanded to cope with 300 MMT of cargo, three periods their present potential.
Two all-weather conditions riverine ports are also coming up. When the Paradip Port Have confidence in is setting up one on a PPP model with a Rs 4,000 crore investment, a Tata Steel-led consortium is environment up the Subarnarekha Port to serve the hinterland in eastern India—West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and the Northeast.
Odisha’s relative political stability—Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has dominated the condition considering the fact that 2000—has provided a secure financial commitment weather, quite possibly why the POSCO wound healed so promptly. The industrial misadventure with the South Korean metal big has still left no scars in the minds of investors. So Arcelor Mittal, which had withdrawn from a undertaking in 2013, is now location up a 24 MTPA metal plant alongside with a captive jetty. The parcel of land the place POSCO had planned its undertaking will now see a 12 MTPA Jindal Metal manufacturing facility.
“Odisha designed a framework for company competitiveness around the very last decade, largely owing to the vision of main minister Naveen babu,” says Nilanjan Ghosh, director, Observer Research Foundation. “Natural funds was plentiful listed here, but other components of enterprise competitiveness have also improved, these types of as social cash and actual physical cash (infrastructure). The forms is by and significant supportive of sector and a decrease cost of dwelling implies the point out has a competitive edge in conditions of attracting and retaining human funds. All these blend to lessen the price of transacting small business in Odisha. This is why even underdeveloped locations this kind of as Kandhamal, where JSW Vitality is location up a Rs 6,000 crore pump storage venture, are rising as new centres of economic development. As a final result, insurgency far too has occur down substantially,” states Ghosh.
Odisha has 100,000 acres of ready land obtainable for industrial use. A focused land lender scheme with an inventory of financial commitment-prepared land has been uploaded to the sector department’s ‘Go Plus’ portal—a GI (geographical sign)-primarily based ready reckoner on infrastructure and site-certain industrial plots. The stringent enforcement of the Land Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act as a concomitant of land acquisition and making community hearings required has minimised general public resentment and agitations.
Among the significant-ticket commitments of economical year 2020-21 are Jindal Steel and Electrical power (Rs 76,000 crore), Bhushan Metal (Rs 55,000 crore) and Tata Steel (Rs 47,000 crore). Some 60-70 providers have crossed the preliminary hurdle of finding acceptance from the ‘Go-Swift’ one window facilitation and tracking portal. Senior officers from all regulatory authorities are portion of the portal that handholds buyers and helps solve any problems they could possibly facial area. The facilitation source has been all around for the earlier five many years, primary to speedier clearances and a significantly smoother investor practical experience, suggests Sharma. No additional runarounds of many govt departments for sundry NOCs (no-objection certificates), for instance.“Fifty-as well as expert services beneath 18 departments are clubbed less than a solitary portal and everything is out there at the contact of a finger,” says Sharma. “The deadline set for clearances is 25 times. The portal is also linked to the Odisha Legal rights to Community Assistance Act.”
Curiously, for the duration of the pandemic period, Odisha has observed a boom in diversified sectors together with non-renewable power, green electricity equipment, auto and vehicle component components, electronics manufacturing, telecom products, textiles, clothing, pharma and bulk drugs. The Odisha Industrial Advancement Program, 2025 also is made up of a blueprint for sector-certain infrastructure development—by way of committed parks, readymade sheds, plug-and-perform infrastructure and programmes to upscale the skills of nearby youth for re-employability.
A major motive why the Naveen Patnaik government needs to shift emphasis from conventional mineral- and metal-centered industries is that they are cash-intense whilst now starting to be significantly less labour-intense. For occasion, claims field secretary Sharma, metal majors now regulate with significantly less workers even though their production has doubled or trebled. Tata Metal at Kalinganagar employed 15,000 folks for a 6MT plant even though JSW Steel now demands only 7,500 for a 12MT plant. “Compare that with the textiles and manner market: Aditya Birla Style Retail employs 5,000 for a reasonable-sized financial investment of Rs 500 crore. Sectors like textile and food processing and pharma are labour-intensive,” which serves the state’s other objective of giving gainful work to its men and women.
Recognising that Covid has not been variety to the 853,000 migrants from the point out, the govt has commenced a ability progress institute in Bhubaneswar. Furthermore, the Institute of Chemical Technological innovation, in collaboration with Indian Oil Company, is creating a pool of competent employees who have been assured placement within just the condition. The two institutes are principally concentrated on education the state’s underprivileged youth for work in marketplace. The Odisha Ability Improvement Authority serves as the nodal company, and armed with a price range of Rs 5,000 crore for the following five several years, has established by itself a concentrate on of upgrading the competencies of at minimum 1.5 million area youth.
As envisaged by the state, the bulk of employment prospects really should appear in its have backyard. CM Naveen babu is aiming at self-reliance of a unique kind—Atmanirbhar Odisha.