Talking about the non development districts in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik has showed concerned and has asked the officials to act towards the goal on making the different non developed districts of the State by ensuring agriculture as well as employment development.
The CM specially focused on the district Nabarangpur and came up with an action plan for the development of the areas.He highlighted about the administrative vacancies, ensuring rural electrification and appointing government doctors with fixed tenures to launching a maize mission for farmers.
Patnaik told officials : “None of our districts should be a zero district at the national level. This has to be followed up very seriously.”
At this KVK in Nabarangpur, 50 acres and 2 scientists who double up as accountants, administrators. According to official sources, the issues covered in the meeting included health, irrigation, agriculture, fisheries, rural electrification, education, reorganisation of gram panchayats and a communication strategy.
Of these, sources said, the Chief Minister wanted priority to be given to the health sector and directed officials to ensure postings for assistant surgeons at government facilities in Nabarangpur for fixed tenures.
According to sources, Patnaik said: “If any policy change is required let us… do it. I want this done before next month’s meeting.” The Chief Minister also said he was “very concerned about poor electrification” in Nabarangpur’s villages and told officials that the government has “to run the extra mile to improve this”, sources said.
Last month, Patnaik had assigned three additional chief secretary-rank officers to focus on developmental work in backward districts, including Nabarangpur.When contacted, additional chief secretary of finance, R Balakrishnan, who has been tasked with the development of Nabarangpur, it would take some time before we start seeing the results on ground”.
Besides, the area under maize cultivation has come down from 2.25 lakh acres in 2006-07 to 38,521 acres in 2015-16 owing to rising input costs and lack of assured procurement.