Bhubaneswar:10/4/23; The 61st Council meeting of Western Odisha Development Council was held under the Chairmanship of Asit Tripathy, Chairman, WODC.
In the Council meeting, 566 projects recommended by MPs, MLAs and others amounting to Rs.54.81 crore till 31st March 2023 was approved. The proposals received for completion of 1147 numbers of WODC funded Community Centers/ Kalyan Mandaps to the tune of Rs.64.24 crore, engagement of 4 more Technical Personnel to different districts, functioning of Social Media cell were vividly deliberated and were approved in the Council.
Welcoming members, WODC Chairman Tripathy apprised the Council regarding enhancement of GIA from Rs.2 crore to Rs.3.25 crore by the Govt in the 2023 -24 State Budget and expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the same. It was appreciated by all the members regarding the steps taken by WODC for completion of incomplete Community Centers and Kalyan Mandaps for which Rs1.25 crore has been year marked.
Chairman of WODC emphasised on various measures taken for overall transformation and transparency regarding the implementation of Council funded projects, utilisation of projects for public use, construction of big felt need visible projects like Auditoriums, Livelihood projects including tourism related activities, which are sustainable with local ownership. He also called upon all the members to work in a team spirit.
CEO Dr. Ajit Kumar Mishra outlined the agenda for discussion.
MLA, Deogarh Subash Chandra Panigrahi, MLA, Lanjigarh Pradip Kumar Dishari, MLA, Bargarh Debesh Acharya, MLA, Khariar Adhiraj Mohan Panigrahi raised various issues related to implementation of WODC projects. They also expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister, Odisha for enhancement of allocation.
Adviser and all 9 Expert Members also put forth the issues of their respective districts.
RDC of Northern Division Dr. Suresh Chandra Dalai, RDC of Southern Division T. Ao were also present in the meeting.