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CEC In Odisha To Review OMBADC Funds Utilization

29 October 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) appointed by the Supreme Court of India arrived here today on a five-day visit to the State to review utilization of funds of the Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Development Corporation (OMBADC) in mining areas. 

The CEC Chaired by P V Jayakrishnan will visit Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj District in connection with spot verification about the utilization of money and works carried out by the Special purpose vehicle-OMBADC.

Jayakrishnan will be accompanied by Member Secretary, CEC Amarnatha Shetty and Members CEC S K Patnaik and Mahendra Vyas.

The CEC team after its arrival here had a meeting with OMBADC officials on project proposals and status of implementation at the Lok Seva Bhawan. The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy.

"The Supreme Court-appointed CEC with its Chairman and members who have arrived had a meeting with the Chief Secretary here. Secretaries of concerned departments took part in the meeting. We presented the CEC with the progress of the works undertaken till date," informed Deoranjan Kumar Singh, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water department to reporters soon after the meeting was over.

Singh said that the CEC will conduct field visits in Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj and added that the CEC after conducting an assessment of the works done by us will submit its report to the Supreme Court.

"OMBADC is a company; Chief Secretary is the Chairman of that company. We have around Rs 16,000 crore funds with us. The Supreme Court has also appointed an Oversight Authority. The Authority which met under the Chairmanship of Justice A K Patnaik has sanctioned projects worth around Rs 10,000 crore. Work on these projects have already started and are at different stages of implementation," he pointed out.

He added that Justice Patnaik will be visiting again and during that time projects for the remaining amount will be sanctioned.

"As per Supreme Court directives health, drinking water, education, etc. are the priority sectors, accordingly projects are approved and departments are directed to prepare project reports. After project reports are ready these are placed before the Committee chaired by the Chief Secretary and then it is put before the Oversight Authority chaired by Justice Patnaik for approval. Projects on drinking water, health sector, rural roads, and education are being undertaken in the second phase," the Commissioner-cum-Secretary explained in detail.

Deoranjan Kumar Singh, Secretary, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department, Odisha