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Odisha government resolves to build poverty-free gram panchayats

Odisha government has initiated planning for eradicating poverty from around 22% of the Gram Panchayats and building Poverty Free Gram Panchayats in a spell of two years from now.

This was discussed at the State Level Empowered Committee ( SLEC) meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Mr. Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall on 25 March 17 wherein Secretary Panchayati Raj Mr Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh presented the proposal for discussion. Considering the proposal, Chief Secretary Mr. Padhi advised the department to focus on sustainable income, green environment, quality education, health and hygiene. It was decided in the meeting to take up 1342 GPs (around 22% of total GPs) and develop those as model Poverty Free Gram Panchayat (PFGP) by 2nd October, 2019. Chief Secretary also directed the department to prepare the list of the GPs by end of March, 2017.

Secretary Panchayati Raj Mr. Singh proposed to adopt 4-pronged approach like (i) enhancing agricultural productivity, (ii) skilling of youth, (iii) creating opportunities for high order farm & non-farm activities, and, (iv) better targeting of safety-net schemes for combating poverty at Panchayat Level. With this road map, it was decided to have systematic interventions at 4 levels viz. Individual Level, Household level, Community level and Gram Panchayat level.

Secretary Mr. Singh further appraised that Govt of India announced launching of the Mission Antodaya for building around 50,000 Poverty Free Gram Panchayats in the country by 2nd October 2019. Odisha has been included in this Mission. The objectives of the Mission include strengthening grass root governance, creation of durable & income generating assets, creating good infrastructure and ensuring effective basic service delivery. Creation of mass awareness on entitlements of the people under various schemes and efficient utilization of funds at the GP level are other objectives of the Mission. 

 Available data show, the State Level Empowered Committee (SLEC) has been constituted under chairmanship of the Chief Secretary for implementation of the Mission Antadoya. The Secretaries of various departments like Finance, Electronics & IT, Agriculture, ST & SC Development, S & M E, Energy and  H & FW have been taken as members of the SLEC. Secretary Panchayati Raj functions as the Member- Convener of the committee. This Committee functions as the apex body for all policy related decisions required for implementation of the programmes. The committee also prepares the framework and strategies for consideration of the Govt. It was decided that SLEC would meet at least once in every quarter to review the progress and resolve the issues cropping up in the process of implementation.

 Principal Secretary Finance Mr. Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Principal Secretary Electronics and Information Technology Mr. Pardeep Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary Rural Development Mr. Madhusudan Padhi , Secretary Health & Family Welfare Sri Pramod Kumar Meherda, Secretary ST & SC Development Mr. Surendra Kumar, Secretary Housing & Urban Development Mr. G.Mathivathanan, Director, Odisha Livelihood Mission Mr. Pranab Jyoti Nath , Joint Secretary Panchayati Raj Mr. Smruti Ranjan Pradhan along with other senior officers  from concerned departments participated in the deliberations.


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