Mao Zone Needs Bank Cover

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today urged the Centre to open bank branches in the unbanked gram panchayat(GP)s of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas.

Participating in the Video Conference  with Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha to review both Security and Developmental issues in LWE affected districts in Odisha here today, Mr.Padhi said in the absence of any banking facility  in about 85 Percent GPs, it becomes extremely difficult to carry forward the schemes aimed at Financial Inclusion.
Additional Chief Secretary Home Asit Kumar Tripathy, Director General of Police Kunwar Brajesh Singh Principal Secretary Commerce and Transport Sanjay Rastogi, Secretary Energy Hemant Kumar Sharma, Secretary Panchayatiraj Deoranjan Kumar Singh, Secretary Science and Technology Vir Vikram Yadav Special Secretary Commerce and Transport Manoj Kumar Mishra, Special Secretary Home Lalit Das along with senior officers from departments concerned joined the Video Conference.

Focusing upon the need for data connectivity in these areas, Mr.Padhi urged the Ministry of Telecommunication to upgrade the existing towers to 3G level.
Chief Secretary Mr.Padhi requested the Cabinet Secretary Mr.Sinha for allocation of more funds to the State under solar water pump scheme and solar lantern as these schemes have been very successful and popular among people in LWE areas.
He further requested the Cabinet Secretary for release of central grant of Rs 280 crore under security related expenditure the accounts of which was already audited and approved.
Further, the Chief Secretary urged Ministry of Railways  for starting the construction work of Jeypore-Malkangiri Railway Line (130 km). Mr.Padhi highlighted the need of the project for a backward and large district like Malkangiri.
Review revealed that realizing the need and importance of the project, the Ministry of Home sanctioned it in the financial year 2016-17. The State Government had signed a MoU with Ministry of Railways on October 10, 2016 for construction of the project under joint collaboration.
As per the MoU, the State Government was to share 25 Percent of the construction as well as land cost for the project. But East Coast Railway, instead of starting the project work asked for more financial assistance from the State Government in June, 2017. The State Government had communicated its inability for further contribution. 
The issues relating to electrification of villages, establishment of Solar Parks, School Education, Literacy, Skill Development, Promotion of Entrepreneurship, Financial Inclusion, Railway projects, Tele Connectivity, Rural Development and security matters were reviewed in the meeting. 
Mr.Padhi said a total number of 21 girls; hostels were sanctioned for Koraput and Malkangiri district. Out of this nine hostels are in completion and finishing stage which would be completed soon.  The work of balance 12 hotels is in progress.
He apprised the Cabinet Secretary that only 50 pc of the Central grant has been received so far. The State Government has provided its full share, he said.
Mr.Padhi requested for early release of funds for completion of projects. The Cabinet Secretary was also apprised about the 222 residential schools with a total borders of 83,981 being run by  ST & SC development department in the districts of Koraput and Malkangiri.
Available data show, the electrification work in LWE districts of Koraput and Malkangiri has been expedited and mile stones have been achieved as per the time schedule for the project. In Malkangiri district only 4 un-electrified villages remain to be electrified under Deen Dayal Upadhaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. Similarly, in Koraput district 41 un-electrified villages remain to be electrified under DDG (Solar) scheme.
Target has been fixed to complete electrify these remaining 45 villages by October, 2017.  It may be pertinent here to mention that Odisha used SECC, 2011 data for identification of deserving households to be provided electricity. With this data 10 lakh additional households would be provided electricity connection over and above the 1997 BPL list. In case of Koraput and Makangiri around 80,845 additional houses would be covered under the program.        

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