Expansion Of Rural Infrastructure Top Priority: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: The State Government’s emphasis has been on the expansion of rural infrastructure, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to the newly appointed Assistant Executive Engineers of the Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Department today.

A total of 210 Assistant Executive Engineers joined today in the Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Department. This is the first batch of a new engineering cadre created in the Department.

Addressing the orientation programme for the newly recruited Assistant Executive Engineers, he said that Rural Housing & Drinking Water supply are the two flagship programmes of the Odisha Government. State Government is committed to convert all Kucha houses to Pucca houses in a time-bound manner.

Similarly, a target has also been sent to provide pipe water to all rural households by 2024. Therefore, the Government is providing more manpower to the Gram Panchayat level. The State Government’s emphasis has been on the expansion of rural infrastructure. Thus the creation of a new engineering cadre is indicative of our thrust on it, he added.

Patnaik further said that the State Government is committed to empower the Panchayati Raj system so that benefits of development reach the poorest of the poor. He advised the newly recruited engineering to put all their energy and knowledge to be a part of the transformation that is now happening in Odisha.

He urged new employees to follow and imbibe 5-T Mantras of the State Government in their daily assignment. Highlighting the principles of State’s Governance, the CM said, “the people are at the core of our Government. We need to serve them with dignity and professionalism.”

Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Urban, Housing, and Law Minister Pratap Jena addressed the orientation programme and advised them to work committedly for the welfare of the people of Odisha.

Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra, Secretary to Chief Minister (5-T) V.K Pandian, and other senior officers were also present on the occasion. Panchayati Raj & DW Department Principal Secretary Ashok Meena gave the welcome address and Director Special Project proposed the vote of thanks.