Odisha CS Directs Depts To Focus On Livelihood & Infra Projects

Bhubaneswar: Reviewing fiscal performances of various departments up to October-2020 presented by Finance Secretary Ashok Kumar Meena, Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed the departments to focus on speedy implementation of the livelihood and infrastructure laying projects.

Presiding over a meeting with all Secretaries in Lok Seba Bhawan conference hall today, the Chief Secretary asked the departments of Water Resources, Rural Development, Works, Housing & Urban Development to prioritize identified strategic projects and complete those within the scheduled time.

He assured the departments that there would be no dearth of funds project implementation. He also directed the departments to furnish their budget inputs by December end for preparation of the ensuing State Annual Budget, 2021-22.

Covid observers were advised to review covid-compliant behaviour, winter preparedness, treatment facilities in Government hospitals and implementation of livelihood sector programmes during their visit to respective districts during this month.

Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said that projects of around Rs 20,000 crore are being implemented under OMBADC and DMF. He also directed that those projects be expeditiously completed and commissioned for providing service to the people.

Today’s review showed that the revenue generation from both own tax and non-tax sources grew around 2.27% by end of October, 2020 in comparison to the corresponding period of the last year despite the the Covid-19 adversities and bottlenecks.

The total revenue generation from both the sources by end of October, 2019 was around Rs 25002.84 crore which increased to Rs 25571.42 crore during the current financial year. The total non-tax revenue during the period grew by 23.41% during in current fiscal in comparison to the last fiscal year. The total revenue generated from non-tax sources up to October 2019 was Rs 7533.26 crore which increased to Rs 9296.60 crore during the corresponding period of the current year. Similarly, the budget utilization crossed Rs 51,000 crore by October, 2020 with highest utilization of around Rs 26,000 crore in social sector even amid shutdowns and lockdowns, stated a press release.

Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture Production Commissioner Raj Kumar Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Rural Development and SRC Pradeep Kumar Jena, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Mona Sharma along with Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and Special Secretaries of all departments participated in the discussions over OSWAN platform from different conference halls of the Lok Seba Bhawan.