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.