Bhubaneswar: Attainment and localization of the globally decided sustainable development goals (SDGs) has been brought to focus by the State Government.
A dedicated PMU with learned and experienced consultants has been set up in Planning and Convergence department under the supervision of Development Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena.
The PMU held a consultative workshop with all departments in the Lokseba Bhawan conference hall for chalking out a collaborative initiative for realization of the SDGs.
Addressing the Workshop, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said, “The State Government is strongly committed to mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals- 2030; and, many efforts to that end have been initiated over the last few years. While in some indicators the State has done well, other indicators need focused attention. SDG linked developmental interventions and their outcomes need to be properly analysed, coordinated, and evidenced with ground level database.”
Mahapatra added, “Accomplishment of SDGs requires “sustained efforts through evidence-based planning, implementation, monitoring and continuous improvement at all level.”
Further, Chief Secretary Sri Mahapatra directed the departments to nominate one nodal officer and two programme officers for SDG coordination. The nominated officers should be well versed about the departmental planning, programme, and activities. Sri Mahapatra also directed the PMU to organize a detail training and orientation programme for the nominated officers.
The Development Commissioner said that the team would soon update State SDG indicator framework in collaboration with the departments. Then the PMU would prepare the baseline report for pursuance of the SDG attainment.
The PMU would also assist in developing the standardized data management system for collection of data, their analysis and presentation in perspectives of the specific SDGs. Jena asked Secretaries of all departments to extend necessary support to PMU in this collaborative exercise.
Additional Chief Secretary Home Sanjeev Chopra along with senior officials participated in the deliberations.