Bhubaneswar: Identify and promote the local entrepreneurs in potential sectors of success directed Asit Tripathy, Chief Advisor to Chief Minister and Chairman Western Odisha Development Council (WODC). Tripathy said this while reviewing the progress of various developmental projects of Boudh and Sonepur districts today in the Collectorate conference hall of Boudh.
He asked the local officers to identify the youths with entrepreneurial talent and handhold them to start their ventures.
“Boudh district has promising and proven potential for horticulture, fishery, handloom, handicraft poultry, rice bran oil, layer farms and vegetable processing units. The local entrepreneurs could be linked with various bulk purchasers and online marketing platforms to sale their products at profitable rate,” he said.
WODC funds would be used for creating the deficit infrastructure in maintaining the supply chain in these sectors, he added.
The progress of the projects under WODC fund was reviewed in the meeting. The major projects included establishment of agro polytechnic institute at Boudh, construction of cultural auditorium, construction of new library in Boudh Panchayat college, pipe water supply scheme in village Btamhanipali of Boudh block, children park at Khaliapali, Biju Patnaik stadium at Kantamal, improvement of Hrbanga-Dhalpur road, improvement Jagati village-Pherighat road, Tileswar-Ramgarh road and other road projects.
So far, 1,616 projects worth Rs 81.31 crore have been sanctioned for Boudh district under WODC fund. As of now 1,458 projects have been completed and 158 projects are in various phases of implementation. Around Rs 77 crore has been invested in construction of these projects.
Tripathy directed to complete the projects within the scheduled time for avoiding any possible price escalation in cost of the projects. Similarly, around 1,985 projects of worth around Rs 100 crore have been sanctioned under WODC fund in Sonepur districts. Against this as of now 1,505 projects have been completed with investment of around Rs 84 crore, and the balance 480 projects are in different phases of implementation.
Tripathy reviewed what role private sector can play in creation of new employment opportunities in primary sectors like agriculture and allied sectors. He advised the district administration of both the districts to invite more private sector investment in these sectors and provide them all facilitating support to set up their units in these districts.
Boudh Collector Lalatendu Mishra, Sonepur Collector Manisha Banarjee, Superintendent of Police, Boudh V Raghunath Rao, Chief Executive Officer WODC SK Patel, Project Director Babita Dalabehera along with senior officers participated in the review.
Before the review, Tripathy inspected the arrangements for tourists to the district museum at Boudh. Expressing satisfaction over the displays in the museum, “The museum is a link between past, present and future. It will help coming generations to take pride in their history and culture,” he said and directed the Collector and museum officers to further develop the museum in coordination with INTACH and State Museum.