Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal said on Monday that the State was on a steady growth path as political stability has provided it with “an unrestricted space” for development. The State has been consistently growing at a rate higher than the national average, he said.“Odisha’s economy is on the path of steady growth. From subsistence to sustenance and from sustenance to surplus, Odisha’s pace of transformation has been exceptional and the State’s growth has been inclusive,” said Mr. Lal while addressing the House on the opening day of the budget session.“Stability has provided us an unrestricted space for growth and development. Our transparent ways of governance have made us responsive and responsible to the changing needs of our time,” said the Governor.The legislators of the Opposition Congress, led by Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra, however, staged a walkout as Mr. Lal continued with his address. Mr. Mishra told journalists outside the House that they boycotted the Governor’s address as he praised the State government’s activities.‘Pro-people’“My government is untiringly striving to eradicate poverty, accelerate the pace of economic growth, reduce regional disparity and gender differences through various socio-economic measures and pro-people initiatives,” said Mr. Lal.He said that the State is now among the largest contributors to the PDS and is playing a major role in the food security of the nation. The Governor added that Odisha has made a quantum jump by achieving the sharpest decline in infant mortality rate and has scored better than national average in decline of maternal mortality rate.‘Schemes, smartphones’Mr. Lal also spoke about the State government’s newly launched scheme for the development of agriculture and poverty reduction in the State. The government has launched schemes like KALIA for the welfare of farmers and Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana to facilitate treatment of patients, said the Governor, adding that his government has also provided 65,000 smartphones to farmers.The Governor also spoke in detail about several other initiatives of the State government in housing sector as well as for development of infrastructure in different parts of the State.