In a bid to usher in socio-economic
development of mineral-rich pockets, Odisha government has brought 691 villages
brought under the purview of Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development
Corporation (OMBADC) fund.
The corporation had been constituted way
back in 2014 following a directive by the apex court. The court had asked the
state government to ensure that people of the mining areas of the state get
pucca houses, toilets and other basic amenities. Though the government had
earmarked Rs 869 crore for the project, it had failed to make any headway as
bureaucrats reportedly dragged their feet.
Residents living in these villages
located in eight districts of the state would reap benefits as the OMBADC funds
would be spent on priority basis on housing, sanitation, afforestation activity
and establishing road connectivity to remote hamlets, said Chief Secretary
Aditya Prasad Padhi while presiding over a high-level meeting.
OMBADC was incorporated as a non-profit
Govt company in the year, 2014 for carrying forward holistic developmental
activities in the mining affected areas. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest
(PCCF) Subash Chandra Mishra apprised that about 50% of Net
Present Value (MPV) collected from the mining leases would be utilized through
this corporation for basic developmental activities in the identified
State Govt had provided Rs.1 lakh as token
share capital at the initial level for formation of the
Corporation. So far, the Corporation has got a fund of around
Rs.1000 cr .
In the mean while, survey of
the mining affected areas has been completed and 691 villages under 129 GPs of
30 blocks in 8 districts have been identified for inclusion under the OMBADC
fund. These districts are Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kendujhar,
Koraput, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh.
As of now, the projects of worth
Rs.900 cr have been approved for these villages. These include 29,829 housing
units, 196 drinking water projects, 855 hector block plantation, 842 kms of
avenue plantation, 3600 hectors of assisted natural regeneration and 9800
seedling plantation in towns of the mining affected areas.
Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed
the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water department to complete all the housing
projects by December, 2017. The department was also asked to ensure piped water
supply to each and every household in the identified villages. “Each new house
being constructed, directed the Chief Secretary, “must have a toilet and
running water”. The forest department was asked to intensify
plantation activities for increasing green coverage in the area. It was further
decided to take up intensive soil and moister conservation activities in all
forest pockets of the identified area.
The Development Commissioner Sri R.
Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary Finance Sri Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Principal
Secretary Steel & Mines Sri Raj Kumar Sharma, Principal Secretary Rural
Development Sri Bishnu Prasad Sethi, Secretary ST & SC Development Sri
Surendra Kumar, Secretary Panchayati Raj Sri Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh, Secretary
Works Sri Nalini Kanta Pradhan, CEO ORSAC Sri Sandeep Tripathy along with other
senior officers from respective departments participated in discussion.