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Oversight Authority has expressed satisfaction over the progress of the projects

Bhubaneswar:3/1/20: The Oversight Authority under the Chairmanship of Justice A.K. Patnaik has expressed satisfaction over the progress of the projects under Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC).

Reviewing the projects in Kharbela Bhawan conference hall today, Justice Patnaik said, “I have visited different areas in Kendujhar, Sundargarh and Mayurbhnaj districts at different points of time and have seen that OMBADC projects are moving fast at the ground level”. He added, “I am confident that we can speed up implementation in the coming months”.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed concerned departments to enhance the implementation capacity of the projects at ground level with a focus on early completion and commissioning.

The New projects worth around Rs.1700 crores were considered and sanctioned in the meeting. It was decided that the OMBADC cell would be set up at the district level for coordination, follow up, and monitoring of the projects funded by the corporation.

Justice Patnaik also launched the OMBADC website in the meeting for putting the activities and projects of the Corporation in the public domain and getting people’s feedback. It was further decided that the entire district of Mayurbhnaj would be brought under the preview of OMBADC. The proposal for including mining-affected blocks in the adjoining districts like Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Dhenkanal, and Angul was also given in-principle approval in the meeting.

A review of financial performance showed that around 93% of the Phase-I fund under Adhoc CAMPA has been utilized. These projects are in various phases of complete implementation in 691 villages spreading over 121 GPs in 29 blocks of 8 districts. In this phase, projects worth Rs.10,014 crores were approved and released to the project implementing departments. Smt Nanaduri appraised that 29,829 housing units, 244 drinking water projects and skill development for 200 ST & SC youths. block & avenue plantation, urban plantation, seedling distribution, assisted natural regeneration and soil moisture conservation projects had been taken up.

In phase-II under-compensation fund, a total amount of Rs.15,587 crores has been received by OMBADC out of which Rs.1143 crores have already been released against the sanctioned projects. With today’s sanction, the total worth of projects sanctioned under OMBADC has come around Rs.12.000 crores.

Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Dr. Mona Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Rural Development Pradeep Kumar Jena, CEO OMBADC Smt Uma Nanduri along with Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and senior officers of concerned departments participated in the deliberations.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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