**Bhubaneswar: ** With imminent monsoon, the Odisha Government on Saturday asked the Collectors of all its 30 districts to lay stress on agricultural operations.
This was revealed by Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan after an important review meeting with the Collectors through video conference held here at the State Secretariat and presided over by the Chief Secretary.
Soon after the meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi briefed media, “A regular review meeting is held through video conferencing with the District Collectors over the implementation and progress of important government schemes. Today I reviewed on Aadhaar enrolment, rural housing, rural electrification, rural drinking water supply and mega lift irrigation projects. The Collectors were asked to properly implement these five schemes.”
Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan informed, “The major concern is now that the Kharif season is going to begin. Hence, instructions have been given even though Collectors are already on the job. They have been asked to conduct weekly meetings to measure aspects of the agricultural things like availability of the seed, availability of fertiliser, credit flow, etc. New instructions have also been issued for crop insurance. So, all these four-five items need to be monitored by them personally.”
“So what we’ve told them that the focus of the district administration should get shifted to agriculture now. During the summer the focus was on drinking water problem. Now the monsoon is going to start. Then the focus is on the agricultural operations. Some of the Collectors pointed out some field level problems like credit flow. We’ll be holding a meeting with the apex level banks and the problem will be sorted out,” the Development Commissioner added.