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Odisha’s MUKTA scheme has been selected as one of the top five finalists for the 2021-22 WRI Ross Centre Prize

Bhubaneswar:30/6/22: Odisha’s MUKTA scheme has been selected as one of the top five finalists for the 2021-22 WRI Ross Centre Prize for Cities on Wednesday at the 11th World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland.

The Prize recognizes MUKTA’s swift action to create mass employment and infrastructure during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a proud moment for the Housing & Urban Development Department as yet another flagship program of the State is acknowledged as a model that serves as a lighthouse for the global urban community to strive for excellence in Cities worldwide. MUKTA has been selected from 260 submissions from 155 Cities across 65 Countries.

WRI Award for Cities is the premier global award constituted for celebrating and spotlighting transformative urban change. The Prize for Cities seeks to inspire urban change-makers across the globe by elevating trailblazing initiatives and telling impactful stories of sustainable urban transformation.

The finalists were chosen through a rigorous selection process. Criteria of selection included the extent to which submissions demonstrated big, innovative ideas and novel approaches; life-changing impact on people’s lives, mindsets and behaviors; and ripple effects across and beyond the city. Finalists are chosen by a large evaluation team and the $250,000-grand prize winner will be selected by an independent jury of leaders in urban affairs. The four runners-up each would receive $25,000. The grand prize winner will be announced in November 2022.

MUKTA– the State-funded flagship scheme of Government coming under 5T Initiative with its community-driven, participatory, and bottom-up approach has emerged as a highly impactful urban livelihood intervention across urban pockets of Odisha. The scheme is first of its kind in India and focuses on ensuring livelihood opportunities to the vulnerable urban workforce and migrant labourers residing in urban area of the State.

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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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