Odisha power surplus because of advance planning: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Advance planning by the Odisha Government has elevated the state from a power deficit to a surplus one, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Thursday.
Welcoming the Management trainees and junior technicians to Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited ( OPTCL), a State PSU, at an orientation programme here, Patnaik said hisGovernment has given utmost thrust to building quality power infrastructure as electricity is the prime mover of the economy.
The Government, he said, has been investing significantly in the power sector to enhance generation capacity, and strengthen the transmission and distribution infrastructure for ensuring 24X 7 quality and stable electricity supply to all.
As many as 60 Management Trainees and 175 Junior Technicians have joined OPTCL.
Patnaik said Rs 1800 crore has been sanctioned recently for the construction of ninety nine 33KV primary substations to strengthen the state’s distribution network.
The state government, he said, is committed to creating employment opportunities for the youthof the State, adding that since 2010, the Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd has recruited more than 2000 young men and women.
He urged the new employees to follow and imbibe the 5T (transparency, technology, teamwork, time and transformation) mantra of the Government in their daily assignments.
Odisha Energy, Industry and MSME Minister Dibya Sankar Mishra advised the new recruits to work hard for realising the Chief Minister’s dream of providing electricity to all, including thosein the remotest part of the state.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said OPTCL has provided a robust transmissionin frastructure in the state. He called upon the youngsters to remain committed and extremely vigilant while working in the state PSU. UNI BD DP SSP

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