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Odisha Government Explores Option for Partnership with UN Body

The Odisha government has begun exploring future collaboration option with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

 A high level meeting to this effect was held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall today wherein Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan outlined the areas for discussion. A ten member delegation team of UNEP led by Executive Director, Mr Erik Solheim held elaborate discussions with senior officers of Govt of Odisha on possible areas of collaboration.

 Discussion in the meeting centered round achieving sustainable development through application of green technology.  Scaling up of solar energy, organic farming, and traditional agricultural potential of Odisha were pointed out in the discussion. The traditional horticultural products of Odisha like turmeric, zinger, and maize also figured in the meeting. Principal Secretary Agriculture mentioned that this year organic farming of millets has been introduced among 14000 farmers in the State. The experience of maize cultivation in Odisha under green revolution initiatives was shared in the meeting.  It was pointed out that maize alone had around Rs.1000 crore of market worth.

 Chief Secretary Padhi emphasized upon creating appropriate marketing mechanism for farmers so that they would take interest in production of the defined food grains and millets.   Further,  Sri Padhi suggested to form a Joint Committee for identification of specific areas for future collaboration. From Govt of Odisha side, it was decided to constitute the team under Chairmanship of Development Commissioner Balakrishnan with Principal Secretary Agriculture Monoj Ahuja and Principal Secretary Finance Tuhin Kanta Pandy as members. From UNEP side the team was formed under chairmanship of Satya S. Tripahy, Senior Advisor 2030-Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The Joint Committee would give a formal shape to the possible collaboration and would carry forward the negotiations between UNEP and Govt of Odisha.  

 Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary Steel & Mines Raj Kumar Shrama, Principal Secretary Finance Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Principal Secretary Commerce & Transport, Secretary Energy Hemant Kumar Shrama, Secretary Rural Development and SRC Bishnupada Sethi, Secretary Science & Technology Vir Vikram Ya.


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