Bid to take districts to next level with innovative projects in Odisha


Bhubaneswar, February 10: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Wednesday directed district Collectors to prepare plans for innovative projects based on potential of their respective districts for elevating people to the height of a surplus level of living.

While reviewing the present development scenario and growth prospects in each district through video conferencing at Lokseva Bhawan here, Mahapatra said, “Now that the coverage of the schemes focused on necessities like food, water, housing, road and electricity have expanded considerably towards saturation, the districts should plan for achieving next higher stage of development.”

“This will be possible with identification of district-wise potential in terms of agro-climatic zone, natural and human resources; and, molding those to definite projects for harnessing the opportunities,” said Mohapatra.

Further, the Chief Secretary directed Collectors to identify missing links in the matters like all weather connectivity to all villages, irrigation for more than one crop, livelihood enhancement, crop diversification, agricultural marketing, escalation of income generation, pipe water supply, extension of health services and intensification of economic activities.

Mahapatra assured that Government would provide all support including finance for potential based innovative projects in each district. Planning and Convergence department would be the institutional mechanism between Collectors and the respective departments for appraisal, approval and sanction of the projects.

They were also directed to expedite implementation of infrastructural projects through proactive action for forest clearance, tree falling permission, issue of no objection certificates, land acquisition etc.

Attending the meeting, Development Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Jena advised the Collectors to look at both the Government projects and the projects being laid by private sector investors while expediting infrastructural projects.

Agriculture Production Commissioner Raj Kumar Sharma, Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Principal Secretary Dr Sourbh Garg, Panhayati Raj and Drinking Water Principal Secretary Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh, Industry Department Principal Secretary Hemant Kumar Sharma, Water Resources Department Principal Secretary Anu Garg and Skill Development and Technical Education Department Secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh along with senior officers of concerned departments joined the video conference.

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