Archive for June, 2011

Naveen propose the inclusion of Nuapada, Bargarh, Balangir and Kalahandi in security related expenditure (SRE) of the Centre

Following report is from expressbuzz.com:

BHUBANESWAR: With the increase in Maoist activities in Chhattisgarh bordering severalWestern Orissadistricts and Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday demanded that four more districts should be included in the security related expenditure (SRE) of the Centre.

Naveen attended the inter-state coordination meeting on Left Wing Extremism (LWE) convened by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram inDelhi.  The four districts proposed for inclusion in SRE are Nuapada, Bargarh, Balangir and Kalahandi. The Centre had included 15 districts of the State.

Naveen also wanted officers from the para-military forces to be sent on deputation to Orissa to work with police on Maoist operations.  The Centre should make provision for a dedicated helicopter for Orissa to be used by the police.

The Chief Minister underscored the need for continuously improving coordination among all states affected by Left Wing Extremism. He requested Chidambaram to substantially increase financial assistance for improving security-related infrastructure for the state police forces.  Besides, Naveen demanded that two more Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) battalions should be deployed in Orissa to boost efforts to contain and prevent LWE violence.

Maoist violence in the State has increased during the last two weeks after a lull of some months following the signing of 14-point agreement between the State Government and Maoist selected negotiators during the Malkangiri collector abduction crisis.

While there have been several incidents of violent attacks by the Maoists on police parties in Chhattisgarh during the last several weeks, on Orissa side also there have been several incidents pointing to the fact that Maoists are regrouping.

The latest incident in Orissa was in Malkangiri district where one person was killed for allegedly being a police informer.  Both the State Government and the mediators have blamed each other for breaching the agreement.

June 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Chief Minister reviews progress of Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) projects

Following report is from the Pioneer:

Reviewing the progress of different projects undertaken by the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) and the Integrated Projects for the Tribal and Backward districts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday discussed with the concerned District Collectors through video conferencing.

The Chief Minister has directed the Collectors to utilise the funds by June.

The Chief Minister also directed the Collectors to review the progress every week and to upload the information along with the images by 10 of every month.

Each year, the State Government provides `100 crore to the WODC while it has provided `683 crore to the latter so far.

Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik, Development Commissioner,Principal Secretary of Home and Secretary of Planning and Coordination were also present.

June 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

Poor performance of Western Odisha Development Council (WODC)

Following news is from The Pioneer:

Since its inception, the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) has been sanctioned `683 crore. However, the WODC has released `545 crore to the executing agencies of various projects.

Utilisation of funds by the WODC was up to `383 crore while the Utilisation Certificate received by the Department of Planning & Coordination is in respect of `343 crore. So, the overall performance of the WODC is poor despite it being provided funds for development of the State’s western parts.

No wonder, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lost his cool at a review meeting on the WODC’s functioning at the State Secretariat here on Friday. Development Commissioner RN Senapati, Special Secretary CTM Suguna and other officials of the Planning & Coordination Department were present. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Aditya Prasad Padhi, took note of the presentation on the WODC.

On an average, the WODC is being given `100 crore for developmental programmes by the State Government whereas the spending rate is at the lowest ebb, pointed out Suguna.

The Chief Minister asked the WODC authorities to prepare an Advance Action Plan of `150-crore at the beginning of the year so that it could plan expenditure of `100 crore.

It also came out to fore that frequent changes in the projects by the MLAs and members of the WODC is another cause of low spending. Secondly, in the districts where Collectors are taking interest, the spending is on a higher side. Thirdly, due to lack of coordination between the executing agencies, the spending rate is affected.

It was decided to review the spending of the WODC on a monthly basis by the Development Commissioner. The concerned Revenue Divisional Commissioners (RDCs) would be taking up quarterly reviews of the progress of the projects, said sources.

June 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

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