Odisha: DPR For 9 Rurban Clusters Worth Rs 700 Cr Approved

24 September 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: The State Government today approved detail project proposal worth Rs 700 crore for the development of nine identified Rurban Clusters under Phase II and Phase III of Rurban Mission. The projects were approved in the State Empowered Committee meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.

Tripathy directed to do third party assessment of the outcomes of the projects already taken up in Phase-I of the Mission. He also asked officers undertake regular orientation and training activities for the BDOs and filed level officers for keeping them abreast with the new initiatives and best practices.

Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra directed to institutionalise a coordination mechanism among field functionaries of various departments at ground level for augmenting outcomes of the projects. The meeting also resolved to recommend more eight clusters to the Union Ministry of Rural Development for inclusion under the Mission.

These proposed clusters included Kalimela in Malkanguri district, Komna under Nuapada district, Kendujhar Sadar, Mohana in Gajpati district, Puri Sadar in Puri district, Danagadi under Jajapur district, Ulunda under Subarnapur district and Dhakauda under Sambalpur district. Integrated Action Plan of around Rs 650 crore was estimated for these proposed clusters.

Discussions in the meeting revealed that the projects under the Mission are being implemented through funding support from both the Central and State Government. An Integrated Action Plan is prepared after a thorough survey of the demographic features, economic activities and productive skills available in an identified area.

In general, a plan of around Rs 100 crore is prepared for a cluster in the non-tribal area and Rs 50 crore is prepared for a cluster tribal area. Around 70% cost of the approved projects are met through the convergence of various ongoing central and State schemes and 30% is provided as critical gap funding (CGF). This CGF is shared on the basis of 60:40 pattern by the Central and State Government.

The projects are implemented and coordinated through Rurban Mission. The major interventions include skill development activities; mobile health units; upgradation of educational facilities; provision of piped water supply; solid waste management; sanitation; e-gram centre; setting up agro-processing services, storages and warehousing; provision of the street light, inter-village roads and transport.