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Odisha Govt’s 4-Member Team Visits Malkangiri’s Swabhiman Area, Reviews Development Work


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09 November 2018

Panchanan Dash


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Malkangiri: A four-member team led by Development Commissioner (DC) R. Balakrishnan visited 'Swabhiman Anchala' in tribal-dominated Malkangiri district in southern Odisha today to review several developmental projects in the erstwhile cut-off area infested by left wing extremism.

The team comprised of Secretary of Tourism department Mona Sharma, Secretary of Works Department Nalinikanta Pradhan and Secretary of General Administration department Ashok Meena.

The team from State capital held a review meeting with the district collector Manish Agarwal and Superintendant of Police Jagmohan Meena to discuss the roadmap of development works. The meeting was held at Badapada BSF Camp and the second-in-commandant of 08 Batallion H.H. Luang was also present in the discussion.

In his media interaction, DC R. Balakrishnan said, “On July 26, the Gurupriya Bridge was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after which a special project for the erstwhile cut-off Swabhiman area was announced. For that, a provision of Rs 100 crore was laid down in the supplementary budget. Following that, the field officers started identifying the preliminary work like connectivity issue identified along with other projects.”

“The review meeting was for quick implementation of these projects was held today. Gurupriya Bridge is a matter of prestige and pride for the State as it is the starting point of transformation. From the bridge, connectivity will be established to the interior places and infrastructure for electricity, power will also be laid down. Our main focus is service delivery of veterinary, fisheries, education, etc. And we hope to make the service delivery system more flexible by changing it at several places. We also identified some critical vacancies and the posts have to bee filled up soon before the development work begins in full swing,” he added.

“A feedback report about all this will be given to the Government following which the development work will start along with regular monitoring. Soon, this area will be totally transformed,” he assured.

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R. Balakrishnan, Development Commissioner, Odisha