He said the social outreach initiatives have made Odisha a model state in the country in terms of financial inclusion of all sections of the society.
The decision was taken at a Council of Ministers meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a senior official said.
The chief minister, who is heading the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), sought their cooperation and requested them to boost the morale of the COVID warriors, who are working day in and day out to save precious human lives since the outbreak of the pandemic two months ago.
Though there were reports of two cyclone-related deaths in Bhadrak and Kendrapara districts, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena claimed the causes were different.
During a telephonic conversation, Patnaik enquired about the intensity of the damage caused due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm and conveyed Odisha's absolute solidarity with the people of West Bengal at this hour of crisis, a statement released by the Odisha Chief Minister's Office said
The CM also stressed on strengthening the rural economy which has been severely hit due to nationwide lockdown. The meeting resolved to promulgate three ordinances to reboot the agriculture sector and at the same time ensure the protection of people from the COVID-19 pandemic, an official statement said.
Taking to Twitter, on the occasion of World Hand Hygiene Day, emphasised the importance of following sanitation protocols for the well-being of one and all.
The Urban Wage Employment Initiative will help sustain the livelihood of the poor families residing in 114 urban local body areas of the state, an official in the Chief Minister's Office said.
The doctors, nurses and all health personnel across the state will receive their salaries for the months of April, May, June and July in the month of April, Patnaik said in a video message.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Patnaik said mobilisation for Census and updation of the National Population Register across the country would pose a great risk for field functionaries and people.
A disinclined politician, the 73-year-old leader returned to power for the fifth consecutive term last year after leading the Biju Janata Dal to another emphatic electoral victory.
The chief minister said the Biju Janata Dal strongly believed in the women empowerment, pointing out that his party had fielded women in one-third of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The assurance was given by the chief minister when he met the Group's chairman Gautam Adani at the Naveen Niwas, Patnaik's residence here.
As part of the plan, facilities for pilgrims and tourists would be created on the 65 acres of the project around the temple and 11th-century tank, Bindu Sagar, a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office said on Monday.
As of now, Trinamool Congress, Congress, Janata Dal (United), BJD, AAP, Communist Party of India (Marxist), and TRS have opposed pan-India NRC.
"The amended Citizenship Act has nothing to do with Indians. It deals only with foreigners. The BJD MPs both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have made it clear that we do not support the NRC," Patnaik told reporters before leaving for the national capital.
"Odisha's transformative initiatives and policies have resulted in the sharpest drop in poverty, about 25 per cent, bringing millions out of poverty in last two decades," the chief minister said.
"My best wishes to all on the occasion of Ganesh Puja. I inaugurate the membership drive of our party," Patnaik said while addressing BJD activists at the programme held at the party headquarters here.
Mo College, which means my college, is a part of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s 5T action plan
Soon after the West Bengal rasgulla received its GI tag in 2017, there was a huge outcry in Odisha over the ownership of the delicacy.
Prafulla Kumar Mallik has retained works, steel and mines departments, while the crucial finance and excise department has been allocated to Niranjan Pujari, a prominent leader from western Odisha, the official said.
While the BJP has managed to gain in the state, it was far from its intended 'Mission 120' target in the Assembly polls.
Patnaik will take oath as the chief minister for fifth time in a row at 10.30 am on May 29.
Already the longest-serving chief minister of Odisha, having assumed office in the year 2000, Patnaik has weathered many a controversy--from chit fund scams to mining scandals-- but remained the foremost leader of the regional outfit he heads.
The party’s impressive show in West Bengal and Odisha is a wake-up call for the respective chief ministers. Its next pit stop is the state Assembly.