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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

The educated CM of Orissa and his apathy towards health services of tribal districts

Earlier it was reported that Orissa would establish govt. medical college at Balangir. Now, the health minister says the medical college at Balangir will be established in PPP mode. Looks like the CM is confused and he does not really understand the pathetic situation of health service in KBK. Just to remind you that the CM and health ministers were silent onlookers when cholera was spreading in KBK and many lives were lost. The CM should be held responsible for the miserable health and education services in the tribal dominated Kalahandi Balangir Koraput region.

See the following report from The Samaja:

December 11, 2010 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) sponsored medical colleges still a distant dream

Following report is from the Samaj:

August 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik seeks Rs 4500 cr from centre for KBK region

So far this region has received many grants from the state and the central government. However, still KBK is the most backward region in the country. Once again Mr. Patnaik has asked for a huge grant from the centre. Let us hope Orissa will get the grant. We also wish Naveen Babu will bring some drastic changes in his policy; so that these projects are implemented successfully.

Following report is from http://economictimes.indiatimes.com:

Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday sought a grant of Rs 4,550 crore for the proposed 8-Year Perspective Plan to expedite development process in the backward KBK (Koraput-Bolangir-Kalahandi) districts.

Participating in the 55th Meeting of National Development Council (NDC) deliberations at New Delhi, Mr Patnaik raised the issue of backwardness of the KBK region and said early release of funds would help the state government carry forward the development and welfare measures launched for the districts.

The chief minister made it clear that Orissa had been striving hard to achieve sustainable and inclusive higher economic growth, accelerate overall development and a faster rate of poverty reduction. He claimed that the state government was quite hopeful to attain these objectives based on the impressive and steady growth in the economy.

“The state economy has grown at an average annual rate of 9.51% during the 10th Plan and at 8.73% per annum in the first three years of the 11th Plan, at a faster rate than the national average, despite challenges posed by the global economic slow-down. Such a positive trend has helped the state make higher plan outlays over the years and give emphasis on developing productive infrastructure including roads and irrigation,” Mr Patnaik said.

The chief minister said the union government should address expeditiously some other pressing issues such as funding for various initiatives under the Right to Education Act and sharing of funds between the Centre and states in ratio of 90:10 in view of low resource base and other development needs of states.

Mr Patnaik also focused on the need to roll out more centrally funded schemes to address the issues of urban poverty, livelihood, health, housing and infrastructure, immediate attention to address the issues of abnormal delays in allocation of coal blocks / coal linkage and environmental and forest clearances for new power projects.

July 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm 1 comment

Kalahandi’s Sardar Raja’s Medical College and Hospital (SRMCH) is in limbo

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Kalahandi’s Sardar Raja’s Medical College and Hospital (SRMCH), the foundation-stone for which was laid by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on February 8, 2004 at Jaring, named Naveen Town, is yet to cater to the needs of the region full-fledged.

Even after six years, the pending work of the hostel construction is yet to be completed.

Initially, the State Government had provided 25 acres of land at Jaring, en route Bhawanipatna to Junagarh, and the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) had sanctioned Rs 10 crore (out of which Rs 9 crore has been received) for the establishment of the SRMCH.

The ongoing work began to slowdown when its chairman was convicted in a case by the Madras High Court ten months ago.

Reports said that his family members have appealed in the Supreme Court and prayed for early justice.

However, Raja’s two sons often visit the Jaring-based SRMCH from Tamil Nadu and hope for its bright future.

CEO Tarun Mishra told The Pioneer that in the absence of the chairman, all its staffers are apparently losing confidence.

Mishra also informed that the trust has enough funds and all its 83 staff members get their salaries in time, but the pace of the work is yet to pick up.

He said that earlier the WODC CEO Aswini Mishra, Kalinga Hospital director Saheb Sahu, Junagarh MLA Gobardhan Das and Berhampur Medical College principal Sunamali Bag had held a review meeting on the hospital campus for speeding up the work.

The SRMCH had signed an MOU with the State Government to complete it in a five-year period, but the period of the MoU has already elapsed.

The matter was also raised in the last Assembly session by Junagarh MLA Gobardhan Das.

Under the Selvan Educational and Charitable Trust, Vadakangulam in Tamil Nadu, the SRMCH has already spent around Rs 25-30 crore and the WODC has funded Rs 9 crore for the building construction and purchase of equipment.

The hospital’s 100-bed facility was first inaugurated on December 9, 2006.

It was again inaugurated on March 18, 2007 with its 200-bed facility followed by its last inauguration of 300-bed on July 27, 2007.

Facilitated with all types of equipment, the hospital work is now being handled by three doctors only, with a medicine specialist, pediatrician and one dentist on duty.

Nearby villagers come to the hospital and take advantage of it as far as possible. It requires appointment of 12 doctors for full-fledged operation.

Special cases are referred to Vizag hospital by the doctors, who visit every month from Visakhapatnam.

Mostly patients from Kalahandi, Nuapada and Balangir districts come for their health check-ups here.

The hospital has facilities of an ICU, two X-ray wards, ECG, ultra sound, 3 OTs, but due to insufficient doctors machines are hardly used.

Kalahandi MP Bhakta Charan Das also hopes that the State Government would take up the matter for its early solution. There had been a hue and cry with a four-day long bandh here in the district in demand for a medical college led by Bhakta Das then. The district had worn a deserted look six years before following the stir.

It is high time the State Government took initiative for the betterment of the medicos and the larger interest of the region.

July 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm 4 comments

Orissa may set up a government medical college at Balangir

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Minister Planning & Coordination AU Singh Deo wants setting up of a Government medical college at Balangir, his native place. He has sent a proposal to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in this regard, said sources.

After repeated abortive attempts to attract private investors for the proposed medical college at Balangir, Singh Deo reportedly feels there is no way out but to set up the institution with Government funding. The Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) has time and again persuaded the private sector investors for the proposed college but to no effect. The private sector showed lukewarm response to the WODC’s proposal and it failed in its initiative as many as four times.

Chief Secretary Tarun Kanti Mishra, after analysing the situation, has also strongly favoured a Government medical college at Balangir. Singh Deo, taking a positive view on the Chief Secretary’s proposal, has supported the idea and requested the Chief Minister to consider the suggestion.

The Chief Secretary has also suggested setting up another Government medical college at Balasore. He has pointed out that there are at present three Government-run medical colleges at Cuttack, Berhampur and Burla. Besides, there are three private medical colleges at Bhubaneswar while the Hi-Tech group has been allowed to establish another medical college at Rourkela.

The Central University of Odisha has also been requested to set up a medical college at Koraput. The Sahayog Foundation has shown keen interest to set up a medical college at Keonjhar. The Union Ministry of Steel has been approached for a medical college funded by the SAIL at Rourkela by upgrading the Ispat General Hospital (IGH) there. The Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL) is setting up a medical college at Talcher.

So, a Government medical college at Balangir seems the only option available. With another Government medical college at Balasore, there would be a harmonious spread of medical colleges across the State, feels the Chief Secretary, said the sources. The proposal is pending with the Chief Minister for taking a final decision, added the sources.

July 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm 1 comment

Complete failure of Orissa govt. and Western Orissa Development Council (WODC): An article by Amiya Bhusan Tripathi

Following article is from The Samaj:

May 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Orissa may seek separate financial aid for the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC)

Following is a report from expressbuzz.com:

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government is likely to seek separate financial assistance for the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) from the Centre for all-round development of the region. 

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the last meeting of the WODC held here two months back. Members had maintained that as the Centre is sanctioning financial assistance to other such regional bodies elsewhere in the country, it should provide funds for the WODC also.  

Sources said that the issue may crop up during plan discussion Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to have with Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia tomorrow in New Delhi.  

Under-development in the western Orissa districts is back in focus because of the large number of suicides committed by farmers. Extensive crop loss because of erratic monsoon had exposed lack of food security among the tribals and poorer section of the population of area.  

Besides inadequate infrastructure including lack of roads to many inaccessible areas, the health services in the area also do not always reach the needy. Though the State Government has increased the budget for the WODC to Rs 100 crore, it is still insufficient for the entire region.  

Several projects started by the council including medical colleges have been delayed because of shortage of funds among other reasons. Though it is not expected that the Centre will concede the demand for separate funding for the council immediately, placing such a proposal will focus on the backwardness of the area.  

Official sources said that a detailed plan of action to be taken up by the WODC should accompany such 

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government is likely to seek separate financial assistance for the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) from the Centre for all-round development of the region.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the last meeting of the WODC held here two months back. Members had maintained that as the Centre is sanctioning financial assistance to other such regional bodies elsewhere in the country, it should provide funds for the WODC also.

Sources said that the issue may crop up during plan discussion Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to have with Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia tomorrow in New Delhi.

Under-development in the western Orissa districts is back in focus because of the large number of suicides committed by farmers. Extensive crop loss because of erratic monsoon had exposed lack of food security among the tribals and poorer section of the population of area.

Besides inadequate infrastructure including lack of roads to many inaccessible areas, the health services in the area also do not always reach the needy. Though the State Government has increased the budget for the WODC to Rs 100 crore, it is still insufficient for the entire region.

Several projects started by the council including medical colleges have been delayed because of shortage of funds among other reasons. Though it is not expected that the Centre will concede the demand for separate funding for the council immediately, placing such a proposal will focus on the backwardness of the area.

Official sources said that a detailed plan of action to be taken up by the WODC should accompany such demands.

April 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

KKD demand all round development of “Koshalanchal” and change in name of the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) to Koshal Development Council (KDC)

Following is a report from The Sambad:

April 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm Leave a comment

Western Orissa Development Council (WODC) a “rehabilitation platform” for the ruling party

Following is a report by PTI:

Bhubaneswar, Mar 17 (PTI) Orissa Assembly was today adjourned thrice in the face of pandemonium by opposition Congress MLAs demanding removal of the chairperson of the Western Orissa Development Council (WODC).

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, S S Saluja termed the Council as a “rehabilitation platform” for the ruling party and said defeated BJD candidates were made expert members.

Though the expert members had no specialisation in any field, they were appointed in the council, the Congress members alleged. “The expert members exercise more power than sitting MLAs,” party member from Kalahandi Gobardhan Das said.

Stating that 36 MLAs and six MPs from the western region were ignored by the WODC chairman, Das alleged that interest of western region was not being given importance.

Some of the MLAs also demanded shifting of the WODC headquarters from here to any place in the western region.

March 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

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