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Odisha CM reviewed the targets, performance and achievements of the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department

Bhubaneswar:24/5/23: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the targets, performance and achievements of the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department during the last four years and the fulfillment of the assurances given in the manifesto.

Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Minister Pradip Kumar Amat appraised the Chief Minister about the details of achievements promised in the election manifesto and other transformative steps undertaken by the Department during the last four years.

Rural Housing Schemes: More than 11 lakh houses have been provided to rural families in the last 4 years. Moreover, nearly Rs 2150 crores grants have been disbursed to more than 35 lakh beneficiaries for repair as well as for early completion of houses.

Aama Gaon Aama Bikash: More than 54,000 projects have been completed and over Rs 1500 crore has been sanctioned for these projects. Moreover around 7800 Mission Shakti Gruha have been taken up at GP level.

The department has undertaken an ambitious program of providing household tap water connection to each rural houses with a provision of 70 liters per capita day supply. 206 mega projects as well as 13000 single-village piped water supply projects have been undertaken with a massive investment of Rs. 57000 Cr. 61% rural HHs has been covered so far.

14,000 WSHGs have been involved in various income generation programs through ORMAS in collaboration with Mission Shakti generating a business of Rs 770 croe and profit over Rs 200 crore. Around 800 WSHG members have been involved in activists like nursery raising, nutri-garden etc and Rs 1065 crore have been paid to them in the form of income or service charge.
The goal of empowerment of youth through skill development has been achieved by training 82,000 youths in last 4 years.

For enhancing Sports Infrastructure, more than 12 000 playgrounds and stadiums have been developed. Moreover, around 8000 GP playgrounds have been completed in the state.
Under 5T high school transformation initiatives, more than 7800 schools have been transformed and equipped with all modern facilities.

The Minister also highlighted other major achievements of the department undertaken so far in the last four years by the department.

Odisha has been amongst the best states in implementation of MGNREGA. Our efforts in creating durable assets in convergence with other schemes have been well appreciated at the national level.
For creating rural infrastructure under MGNREGA, more than 12 lakh works have been completed. This includes Water conservation, watershed development works, farm pond, Anganwadi Centres, Play fields, land development etc.

Under the CFC/SFC grants more than 8 lakh projects worth Rs 15, 590 have been taken up towards development of maintenance of PWS, rural haat, rain water harvesting, draining system, construction and maintenance of schools, Anganwadi centres, play ground, rural library, community halls etc.

Under rural health infrastrcture programme, 4176 projectsd have been taken up worth Rs 1261 crore. This includes construction and maintenance of sub-centre builidng, PHCs, BPHU, Bio-medical waste management facility centre etc.

Curing the COVID-19 lockdown, 17,000 TMCs were set up at GP level to provide quarantine facilities to the migrant labourers.

The Department was at the forefront in taking Hockey World Cup fever to rural areas

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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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