Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Second International Craft Summit in Jajpur through a virtual platform today.
Greeting delegates from both national and international spheres, he said that that the core tenets of our governance find their optimal elucidation in the 5T Model. This model has strengthened the state’s dedication to ensuring that ‘Leave No One Behind’ remains a guiding principle in the relentless pursuit of fair and inclusive development.
During his address, he emphasized the deep connection between Odisha’s civilizational journey and artistic expression. The remarkable skills and craftsmanship of the state’s artisans have left an enduring impact, visible throughout Odisha.
Describing Odisha as the land of Art and Crafts, Patnaik emphasized that it is the state’s identity. He expressed confidence that the Summit would elevate Odisha’s reputation to an international level.
Highlighting the government’s commitment, he stated that Odisha is making sincere efforts to transform the state into a global tourist hotspot, create livelihoods, offer employment opportunities, and attract investors.
Welcoming national and international delegates, Patnaik explained the principles of governance using the 5T Model, emphasizing the state’s dedication to equitable and inclusive development.
He proudly mentioned that Odisha boasts some of the country’s best craftsmanship, with a significant number of artisans receiving national awards including Padma Awards.
Discussing the Jagannath culture, Patnaik emphasized its deep connection to the spiritual essence of Odisha. This culture reflects values of respect for all religions and cultures, serving as a symbol of transformation and showcasing the state’s rich artistic heritage.
Turning attention to Jajpur’s cultural heritage, he praised the district’s vibrant art forms, stating that its artists have consistently been pioneers in painting, architecture, sculpture, and handicrafts.
Patnaik noted that Jajpur, considered the Ancient Capital of Odisha, is not only a religious and Buddhist tourism destination but is also emerging as a prominent industrial hub in the country, with immense potential as a major tourist attraction.
Speaking at the event, Priti Ranjan Ghadai, minister for Rural Development, Skill Development & Technical Education, highlighted Jajpur’s indigenous skills, noting its steady growth as the Tussar Corridor of India.
Reeta Sahu, the Handloom, Textile & Handicrafts Minister, underlined Jajpur’s fame for its art and crafts and assured that the state government is providing comprehensive support, including training facilities, to artisans.
Among others,the event was attended by MLAs of the district, Head of the National Monument Authority Professor Kishor Basa, Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and delegates from various countries.