01 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: On the New Year Day we all have a set of targets and challenges facing us for the upcoming year.
Today Ommcom News team spoke to a group of Ministers who shared their vision and challenges for 2020.
Here are the excerpts:
"My department has three main challenges before it. We have received worldwide acclaim for Jaga Mission. We have to take it further ahead. The second challenge before my department is to provide clean drinking water in every home in urban areas and provide the same in maximum number of villages and homes in rural areas in 2020.
Thirdly, we target to speed up of housing projects both in urban and rural areas under PMAY, so that houses are available to more and more eligible people. Panchayati Raj department's support for building cattle sheds etc for livelihood will be also speeded up," said Pratap Jena, Minister Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Housing & Urban Development.
"Hosting of the Hockey World Cup in 2023 is a major challenge for my department. Since it will be held in two venues, Bhubaneswar and Rourkela will be a new challenge. We have planned to set-up astroturf in all blocks of the Sundargarh district. Work on these will begin very soon. We will be finalizing the Sports policy which is currently in the draft stage. ICT (Information Communication Technology) Policy of the IT department which has been in vogue since 2014 will be revamped by incorporating some new points very specific to Odisha. We have planned to build at least 5 lakh sqft of building space with plug and play facility at infrastructure project-Info Valley," informed Tusharkanti Behera, Minister, Electronics & Information Technology, Sports & Youth Services.
"I firmly believe and am hopeful that my department will go a long way in realizing the vision of our Chief Minister in the New Year," stated Tukuni Sahu, Minister of Women & Child Development.
"My department's target of achieving a footfall of 2.50 crore tourists by the year 2022 will be a big challenge. We all are trying hard in that direction and we are bringing in new products to achieve that," said Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Tourism Minister.