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Odisha, full of natural resources, but still not fully developed. Why?
Odisha is a land, which is well known for its rich culture, history, tourism and natural resources. But this nature's blessed land lags behind others. Despite being rich with abundant natural resources like Bauxite, iron ore, Manganese, Chromium, Coal, it is positioned on the top of poorest state list in India.
When Japan, China, Latin America, and some Gulf countries and many more European countries have marked their name in the world economy despite no significant natural resources, then why Odisha is poor having plentiful natural resources.

What is the reason behind it, corruption, lack of vision, lack of technology, political paralysis or some thing else?

When world's top most Steel, Aluminum, Bauxite tycoons are in a sleepless hurry to invest in Odisha for their dream projects, why both the state and the central governments are in a hand in hand relation to sell natural resources available on the land of lord Jagannath.

Where Japan, China like countries have stood as economic giants importing coals from Odisha, why both the governments don't think to promote Micro, Small and Medium enterprises and establish public units in the state.

Prominent Odia economist Dr Bhagaban Swain says, “Natural resources of Odisha are being misused since the British rule. Britishers were using these for their own sake and exporting to their nation. If we turn eye on post independent India, in Neharuvian Model of Industrialization, although public sectors were established private manufacturing units were being prompted and then time Odisha was not so developed to foster industrialisation. As private sectors run by local capitalists, most manufacturing units adopted Bombay and Kolkata for industries because these were business hubs of British government.”

He further stated that since post independence Indian private sectors and overseas industrialists are importing coal, iron ore, bauxite, manganese from Odisha. But when it's about why Odisha is unable to use its sources, “lack of Odia capitalists is the main reason behind it. There is no eye catching manufacturing units in Odisha,” even if government is depending on other states to distribute by-cycle to girl students in its scheme.

“Another factor is although MSME ministry is prompting, no Odia youth is interested to start up an manufacturing industry struggling for few years, rather they prefer a established government or corporate job for easy money and comfort”. The only one industrialist who is reportedly called first industrialist of Odisha, Banshidhar Panda also turned his eye from industrialisation.

“If we turn towards political factor, India is a union of number of states, lack of political strategy and bargaining strength keeps the ball out of its court, when other states take its advantages”. When county is running by alliance government states political strength fails to apply pressure with its 21 Lok Sabha members. Odisha needs strong manufacturing units which will help in large scale employment and revenue generation,” added Dr Bhagaban Swain.

“If Odisha is poor for political paralysis, Odias are responsible for it. They are not electing good men to the system and that's why Odisha fails to facilitate its natural resources,” said social activist Padmashree Tulasi Munda.

Social unbalance, corrupt political system, lack of political interest for industrialisation and strong willingness are the main reasons behind failure of proper utilisation of natural resources, the Padmashree awardee said.

Noted social activist and anti-POSCO movement member Akshay Kumar says, “Lack of vision of the state government is the main reason for natural resources not being utilised in states revenue growth. The government should make a strong model plan for state's agriculture industry turning it's eye from mining.”

Odisha is mostly depending on Andhra Pradesh for our daily needs right from vegetable to fish, chicken. Why government is not prompting farming?

“Mines are our reserved revenue, there is no deed to sell these in a hurry, these should be saved for our future generation'. when government is fighting for POSCO, VEDANTA like companies for last 6/7 years why not making it public sector unit sharing share?” added Akshay Kumar.

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