Bhubaneawar, February 28: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday launched the second version of the Odisha SDG Indicator Framework (OSIF 2.0) through virtual mode and urged every department to make intelligent use of this framework as together we march towards 2030.
“The clarion call issued by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a testament that the only way going forward is to develop sustainably- integrating the social, economic and environmental dimensions of development,” said Patnaik.
He added that Odisha has been a frontrunner in spearheading programmes that breathe Sustainable Development at its core.
The CM enunciated that our principles of 5T amplify our commitment to leave no one behind. Therefore, it becomes highly imperative that we monitor our progress in precise and challenging ways. The Odisha SDG Indicator Framework (OSIF 2.0) intends to do just this. The indicators developed, involving all the SDG implementing Departments, will help us assess and explore effective strategies to bridge gaps to achieve our targets.
As a coastal state at the frontline, he said, facing the perils of climate change, Odisha has long adopted the concept of sustainable development in all the programmes and schemes being implemented by the Government of Odisha.
Similarly, through the Odisha Millets Mission, the State started the initiative of diversifying the food palette to improve the nutritional requirements of the population, all the while empowering small and marginal farmers. Today, Odisha Millets Mission is hailed internationally for this agro-ecological initiative, he said.
Joining the programme Planning & Convergence Minister Rajendra Dholakia said that the programmes of the State Government enhanced and strengthened by 5T Initiative are in perfect sync with the Sustainable Development Goals of UN. The SDG Indicator Framework 2023 is more equitable and more target specific which will help us achieving a new, empowered Odisha.
Development Commissioner PK Jena, in his welcome address, said that the UN SDG Agenda has 17 goals to be achieved by 2030.
“The State Government has identified 293 indicators in this framework based upon administrative data. These indicators will help department to align their schemes with the SDG goals,” he added.
Planning & Convergence Special Secretary Chithra Arumugam and Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Commissioner-cum-Secretaries of different departments were present.
It may be mentioned here that the Planning & Convergence Department has come out with OSIF-2.0 with an objective for achieving Agenda 2030 of sustainable goals. The OSIF-1.0 in 2019 had 367 indicators. The OSIF-2.0 has 293 unique indicators in addition to 18 repeat indicators of the previous frame work, having a total of 311 indicators. It is a unique instrument in the hands of administrators at the state and district levels to guide their direction for achievement of the goals.