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