Bhubaneswar, April 8: As many as 275 graduate engineers joined the Water Resources Department as the Assistant Executive Engineers on Thursday.
This is the second batch of recruitment of Assistant Executive Engineers comprising 183 male and 92 female engineers. While 242 of them are in Civil Engineering stream and 33 belong to Mechanical stream.
The engineers will go for three phase training with a 15-day online training followed by a two-month practical training. The third phase training will be given in WALMI for 15 days.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik graced the orientation programme. Welcoming the new recruits, Chief Minister Patnaik exhorted the engineers to keep themselves abreast of the new technologies in field of water resources.
The CM said that technology is changing rapidly and it is important that all of you update yourself with the latest trends in your field.
“I am sure all of you will work hard and with dedication and sincerity towards the development of the State,” he added.
Speaking that Odisha has a huge potential in irrigation and hydro power, the CM said that all of you are joining the department at an exciting era of transformation in the State.
The Chief Minister further said that Odisha is predominantly an agrarian State.
“Irrigation is a vital parameter for the prosperity of agriculture and our farmers. We have been making huge investments in the irrigation sector over the years. Ten major dam projects, 50 medium dam projects and more than 2,500 minor dam projects are currently operational in the State. Work for major Dams like Lower Suktel, Deo, Kanupur, Subarnarekha are in full swing and will be completed soon. Many other projects are in various stages of development,” said Patnaik.
Joining the programme, Water Resources Minister Raghunandan Das called upon the engineers to focus on right management of every drop of water.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Water Resources Principal Secretary Anu Garg, Secretary to CM (5T) V. K. Pandian and EIC Jyotimoy Rath were present.