28 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: There were many schemes and programmes launched by the Odisha Government in 2019, the year in which the regional party scaled a major victory leaping to form Government for the fifth consecutive time.
Experts are of the opinion that it has been the people-centric approach of the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD Government which has brought it so close to the common people, and the same sentiment translated into votes.
In this piece we take a look at five significant schemes or programmes the Naveen Government initiated in 2019.
Mo Sarkar: In literal terms it means My Government. This proramme has been one of the most significant ones launched by Naveen Patnaik. One, that instilled a sense of empowerment among the common masses.
Started on October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti), Mo Sarkar's launching date was a message in itself. The Government started Mo Sarkar as pilot project in Government hospitals and police stations of the State. Under this initiative, feedbacks were taken from people visiting police stations and hospitals on the service they received over phone.
Basing on the feedback from the users, the Government initiated corrective action.
Puri Jagannath Temple Renovation: The State Government initiated a slew of redevelopment projects to give the Pilgrim Town a whole new face. Five projects worth Rs 265.5 crore under the Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture (ABADHA) would not only create huge infrastructure in the town but also decide how tourism will take shape in future.
CM Naveen sanctioned Rs 500 crore more for the conservation and security of Puri’s heritage. State’s first ever Trumpet Bridge will be constructed in Puri. All the sacred tanks and ponds will be renovated and heritage restored. Steps will be taken for the development of Atharanala. Revival of Musa River will be done and will also be connected with Mangala River. A large lake will be developed over 28 acres of land. Multi-lane road and multi-level parking facilities will be made for the visitors to Puri city.
Greater Role for Women Self Help Groups: This year the State Government announced programmes under which the women SHGs have a greater role and the scope of their work has been increased. The WSHGs were given interest free loans by the Government. Besides, the WSGs were roped in for preparing mid-day meals in State Government-run schools. To boost income of the SHGs, the ‘Jalasathi’ programme was launched. Jalasathi is an initiative to engage women SHG members under Mission Shakti for collection of water cess. As per reports, nearly 6,000 to 8,000 women will work under the programme and for their training the State government has earmarked an amount of Rs 2 crore.
Women SHGs are emerging as the most vital instrument in the process of participatory development with the Government involving them in several economic activities through different departments.
While provisioning of services and procurement of goods relating to 10 departments, the Government has allowed women SHGs for supply of pre-school uniforms to anganwadi centres, supply of mid-day meal, transport agents of rice for MDM, paddy procurement and collection of electricity bill.
SCB Medical College and Hospital: This year the Odisha Government has announced Rs 1,000 crore package for modernising and revamping the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. The government intends to create a state-of-the-art 3,000-bed integrated hospital equipped with latest medical facilities.
The transformational goal of the Government is to make the SCB Medical College and Hospital into an ‘AIIMS plus’ institute. "This will involve a substantial cost to the people of the state, more than Rs 1,000 crore, but it will result in a transformation where no person from Odisha will be forced to go outside the state for medical treatment," Naveen said while inaugurating the project.
2023 World Cup Hockey In Odisha: Hockey Men’s World Cup will return to Odisha in 2023 and apart from Bhubaneswar, Rourkela has been added as the second host city.
Bhubaneshwar's iconic Kalinga Stadium hosted the 2018 edition of the men’s hockey tournament. Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium in Rourkela is the other venue where matches will be played in 2023 as India as a country and Odisha as a State became the firsts country to host successive editions of the tournament.