Bhubaneswar:12/2/20: In another applaud to Odisha as a lead performer in many developmental interventions, State now strides ahead of national average in many indicators of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). This was known from the Governing Body meeting of MGNREGS Society held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in Lok Seva Bhawan wherein Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh outlined the issues for discussion.
Reviewing the progress of MGNRGES projects in different districts, the Chief Secretary directed the departments to take up more need-based projects in convergence with MGNREGS. It was decided to take up more projects in sectors like agriculture, horticulture, rural housing, land development, rural sanitation, plantation, seedling raising, rural parks, livelihood enhancement, water harvesting, pond development, etc. Chief Secretary directed the concerned departments to keep ready a shelf of innovative projects as per the need of the local community in consultation with the Panchayati Raj department. Tripathy also directed to take up child-friendly interventions in Anganwadi Centers and development of land given under the Forest Rights Act in convergence with MGNREGS.