Odisha: Housing & Urban Development Department Joins Mo Sarkar

10 January 2020

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: The State Housing & Urban Development Department today joined the Mo Sarkar Initiative with an objective to bring in professionalism and effect behavioural change. This was formally announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a function organised at the Lokseva Bhawan.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister said, “I am glad that our initiative to bring all the departments under Mo Sarkar by 31st March this year is catching up momentum. And in this sequence, I am glad that the Housing and Urban Development Department is coming under Mo Sarkar initiative today.

"Considering the rapid urbanisation, and the growing demand for modern infrastructure for providing efficient amenities, this is one of the most important wings of the government. I am happy that we are moving in the right direction in making both modern and humane provisions for the general public."

"While we are set to provide quality drinking water to all the households in urban areas of the State, we are also providing basic rights to urban poor through Jaga Mission," Naveen added.

Jaga Mission recently received World Habitat Award for providing land rights to more than 50 thousand urban poor families. The Drink From Tap Mission in Bhubaneswar is one of the most promising initiatives in the State taken up by this department.

"One of the basic objectives of Mo Sarkar is, every public servant must understand that the Citizen is the master. The public Servant is here to serve the citizens. There should be a conviction on this vision. So I would like to ask every public servant to treat the citizens with dignity," Naveen added.

H & UD Minister, Pratap Jena said his Department is fully prepared to take up the challenges of providing better services to people under Mo Sarkar. The H&UD Department has already opened Mo Sarkar Cells to facilitate the provisions of the initiative. 

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said that providing services to people in urban areas is an onerous responsibility. Particularly, the areas of Building Plan, Holding Tax and Water connection are very critical in nature. Appreciating the preparedness of the Department, he said it is both an opportunity as well as a challenge.

Five-T Secretary, VK Pandian interacted with the Executive Officers of several Municipalities and NACs to assess the understanding of the officials on Mo Sarkar. He asked questions on Mo Sarkar to Executive Officers of Patnagarh, Rairangpur, Bonei, Rajgangpur, Athamallick, Talcher, Jeypore and Kabisuryanagar. He advised the officials that there should be no harassment of any citizen coming for any service to any public office.

H & UD Department Principal Secretary G Mathivathan informed about the preparedness of his Department for Mo Sarkar. He said that there has been enough preparation for capacity building of the officers to carry out Mo Sarkar provisions. 

As many as 500 officials from 343 offices were imparted orientation training for the purpose, he said.  He further informed that there has been technology upgradation with exclusive web application for collection and dissemination of citizen information.

Naveen Patnaik, Odisha CM

Pratap Jena, H&UD Minister, Odisha