Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today chaired the orientation programme for 275 graduate engineers who joined the State Water Resources Department as Assistant Executive Engineers. On the occasion, Naveen exhorted the engineers to keep themselves abreast of the new technologies in the field of water resources.
The CM said that technology is changing rapidly and it is important that all of you update yourself with the latest trends in your field. I am sure all of you will work hard and with dedication and sincerity towards the development of the State, he added.
“Odisha has a huge potential in irrigation and hydropower. All of you are joining the department at an exciting era of transformation in the State. We will continue to invest in Water resources development and you will have a prominent role to play in the coming years.”
The Chief Minister further said that Odisha is predominantly an agrarian state. Irrigation is a vital parameter for the prosperity of agriculture and our farmers. We have been making huge investments in the irrigation sector over the years.
“10 major dam projects, 50 medium dam projects and more than 2500 minor dam projects are currently operational in the State. Work for major Dams like Lower Suktel, Deo, Kanupur, and Subarnarekha are in full swing and will be completed soon. Many other projects are in various stages of development.”
Naveen added that Odisha has become a major source of paddy and other crops for the country, due to the significant role of the irrigation sector.
This is the second batch of recruitment of Assistant Executive Engineers comprising 183 male and 92 female engineers. 242 of them are in the Civil Engineering stream and 33 in Mechanical.
The engineers will go for three-phase training with a 15-day online training followed by a two-month practical training. The third phase of training will be given in WALMI for 15 days.
Water Resources Minister Raghunandan Das recalled the role of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik in the development of water resources in the state. He called upon the engineers to focus on the right management of every drop of water.
Water Resources Principal Secretary Anu Garg said that Water Resources is the biggest engineering department of the State Government. She outlined the importance of water resources management and spoke on the initiatives of state government in this sector.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and other senior officers attended the programme. Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian, in a detailed interaction with the engineers, spoke on the importance and various factors of 5T Initiative of the Chief Minister and how engineers can follow it and bring a paradigm change in water sources management. EIC Jyotimoy Rath offered the vote of thanks on the occasion.