No Prabhari Officers Plz

Odisha Government today made it categorically clear that it would not participate in the Prabhari Officers Meet convened by the Niti Aayog in New Delhi on January 4 and 5.


"The idea of appointing this Prabhari Officers for development of backward districts creates confusion. Therefore, Odisha will not cooperate with the Niti Aayog in this regard," said Minister Finance, Sashi Bhusan Behera pointed out.
 
Mr.Behera said this after the State Government decided not to send any District Collectors to NITI Aayog meeting.

Earlier, the Niti Aayog had appointed eight Joint and Additional Secretary rank officers serving in the Union Government as the Prabhari Officers to monitor development process in the country.
 
The Niti Aayog had also identified Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Balangir and Dhenkanal districts as backward areas of Odisha without consulting the State Government, an official said.

The Niti Aayog has identified a total of 115 districts across the country as backward areas and appointed Prabhari Officers for them.

The Niti Aayog had earlier requested to send the District Collectors of these backward districts to attend the meeting for "convergence, integration and focused attention to backward districts" on January 4.
 
Unilateral identification of the districts and labeling them as "most backward and backward in different manners" will have deep impact on the collective psyche of the people of the area, a senior official said.
 
While justifying the State Government's decision not to cooperate with the Niti Aayog in this regard, he pointed out that this initiative is detrimental for the Federal Structure.
 
The State Government also maintained that while the Niti Aayog has appointed ACS to mentor and Principal Secretary and Secretary level officers to look after the development of the districts including these backward districts.
 
 


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