Reliance Industries-run Reliance Jio connected over 43,000 villages across Odisha and the state has emerged as the highest per capita data consumer of Jio in the country, Mukesh Ambani MD and Chairman of the company, said on Monday at the 'Make In Odisha' business conclave in Bhubaneswar.
Inaugurating the state's showpiece business summit on Sunday, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said, "Odisha is emerging as a manufacturing hub of the east and we are incessantly working towards developing it as a global hub for industries in certain focus sectors," urging the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) to partner with the departments in successful implementation of the state's 'Vision 2025' for industrial development in six focus sectors.
Here's the full text of Mukesh Ambani at the "Make In Odisha - Conclave 2018":
Honorable chief minister Shri Naveen Patnaikji,
Ladies and gentlemen,
A very warm good morning.
I feel honoured today to be invited to this Make in Odisha Conclave 2018. I offer my respects in the sacred land of Shri Jagannath of Puri, the Lord and Protector of the Universe.
My father Shri Dhirubhai Ambani and Shri Biju Patnaik shared a deep and personal friendship. Both were ahead of their times and inspired millions of Indians that nothing is impossible.
Today, Odisha has been growing at 8 percent per annum, higher than the national average. Under Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaikji’s able leadership,
Odisha is fast becoming an ideal investment destination.
My warm congratulations to Shri Naveenji and his talented team.
Reliance and Jio are dependable partners in your Make in Odisha mission, as well as in your Make New Odisha vision.Today, Reliance has emerged as one of the largest investors in Odisha.
Reliance has already invested over Rs 6,000 crores in Odisha. And today am committing to investing an additional Rs 3,000 crore in the next three years in our various businesses in Odisha.
Our investment philosophy has a clear goal ─ to empower everyone in the march of development. Most of our investments are in creating the Jio network.
For Reliance, Jio is not just another business. It is a mission to transform India ─ to transform Odisha. We have created sustained new employment opportunities ─ both direct and indirect ─ to over 30,000 people in the state.
Our Prime Minister’s inspiring vision of Digital India is to make India a leader in the digital economy. Today, India is the fastest digitizing economy in the whole world. Jio is leading India’s digital transformation.
Since Jio commenced operations little over two years ago, India has moved from 155th rank in mobile broadband penetration to being the number 1 nation in mobile data consumption in the world.
We are committed to connecting everyone and everything, everywhere always with the highest quality and the most affordable price.
I have a big reason for focusing on digital business. The world is at the cusp of a digital revolution. Everything in the world is going digital – music, movies,
commerce, banking, cars, homes, healthcare, education – every aspect of life is going digital.
Digital technologies will completely transform every sector of the economy, and every field of life. This will be achieved by using the most powerful tool of our times…the tool of connectivity and digital technologies.
New generation digital technologies, with artificial intelligence at their core, are rapidly transforming our world like never before in world history.
Our aim is to take the power of Digital Life to every nook and corner of the state, particularly in rural Odisha.
To improve the quality of education and healthcare, to light up the lives of the people, to provide large number of newer livelihood opportunities, to empower and enable every citizen by connecting them to each other and the world.
Jio has connected all cities and towns, and 43,000 villages in Odisha. In the past eight months, several million villagers in Odisha have got affordable smartphones. Their lives are being digitally transformed…and empowered.
For most of these villagers, it is their pehla phone, their pehla radio & music player, their pehla TV, their pehla camera, and also, their pehla introduction to the internet and artificial intelligence in their lives.
All this at only Rs 100 per month. This combination of connectivity with affordability is unparalleled in the world.
I am glad to report that the per capita data consumption in Odisha is among the highest in the country. People are using advanced digital connectivity for education, financial services, entertainment and much more.
We are working with Odisha Government on an initiative to integrate several lakh women in the digital mainstream under the "Mission Shakti" Scheme. Just like we have done in other parts of the country.
We are taking another step to propel Odisha further into the digital future. With JioGigaFiber, we have now begun an ambitious push in fixed broadband through Fiber-to-the-home and premise.
Our aim and resolve is to ensure that India rises from the present 135th rank to be amongst the top three nations in fixed broadband within the next three years.
Together with all of you, we are committed to making Odisha amongst the most developed digitally in India and the world.
Reliance is working on creating the world’s largest online-to offline New Commerce Platform. We are working on transforming the lives and businesses of 3 crore merchants in the country.
We will enable them to do everything that large enterprises and large e-commerce players are able to do. I can assure you that Reliance and Jio will considerably improve the Ease of Living for everyone, and also improve the Ease of Doing Business for Odisha’s small and medium entrepreneurs.
This will create millions of new and attractive employment opportunities for the talented youth of Odisha …in their own state.
Honourable chief minister,
I am delighted to know that in your vision of making a New Odisha, you also have a dream of making Odisha a great Sports power. We are partnering with the State Government to set up the “Reliance Foundation - Odisha High Performance Athletics Centre”.
This Centre will train local talent under world renowned experts to develop them into Olympic Medal winners of tomorrow.
In conclusion, permit me to quote from an inspiring speech by Biju Patnaik,
In my dream of the 21st century for the state. I would have young men and women who will have pride in themselves, confidence in themselves… By their brain, intelligence and capacity, they will recapture the glory of Kalinga.
This is also as much my dream as it is yours. We shall together make Odisha once again the most globalised regions of India…as it was in the past when it had established trade and cultural links with South-East Asia.
We shall together build new wonders in Odisha, which will match the wondrous Sun Temple of Konark.
Disclosure: RIL, the promoter of Reliance Jio, also controls Network18, the parent company of CNBCTV18.com.