OMBADC Expands Coverage

The Oversight Authority has expressed satisfaction over the progress of the projects under Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC).

Reviewing the projects on 3 January here,  Chairman of the Authority Justice AK Patnnaik observed that OMBADC projects are moving fast at ground level.

“I have visited different areas in Kendujhar, Sundargarh and Mayurbhnaj districts at different points of time and have seen that OMBADC projects are moving fast at the ground level,” he said.

Justice Patnaik, however, suggested expediting the implementation in coming months.

“I am confident that we can speed up implementation in coming months,” he said.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed concerned departments to enhance the implementation capacity of the projects at ground level with focus on early completion and commissioning. 

New projects worth around Rs.1700 crore were sanctioned in the meeting.

According to officials, it was decided that OMBADC cell would be set up at the district level for coordination, follow up, and monitoring of the projects funded by the corporation.

Justice Patnaik also launched the OMBADC website in the meeting for putting the activities and projects of the Corporation in public domain and getting people’s feedback.

It was decided that the entire district of Mayurbhnaj would be brought under the purview of OMBADC. The proposal for including mining affected blocks in the adjoining districts like Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Dhenkanal and Angul was also given in principle approval in the meeting.

OMBADC Chief Executive Officer Uma Nadnduri said that so far 15 projects of worth Rs 10014.33 crore  in seven priority sectors have been approved. “Being implemented by 12 departments, these projects are now in various phases of completion,” she said.

The major sectors of the allocation of funds include supply of safe drinking water, education and skill development, health services, water conservation, livelihood promotion and promotion of green coverage, she said.

Ms.Nanduri presented technical and financial details of the proposed new projects for discussion.

These included water supply projects to 13 ULBS in major mining affected districts such as Keonjhar, Sundargarh and Mayurbhanj, impact assessment of the development interventions on tribal socio-economic-cultural conditions-development of sustainable livelihood in tribal art/craft through cluster model and promotion of tribal culture-- upgradation of the center of excellence and science laboratories, 150-bed medical college and hospital at Jaipur, medical equipment for health facilities in Mayurbhanj, livelihood promotion through animal husbandry and fishery activities, alternative livelihood through horticulture activities, increasing green cover though VSS in mining affected areas and integrated watershed management through water harvesting structures.

The review of financial performance showed that around 93 per cent of Phase-I fund under ad-hoc CAMPA have been utilized.

These projects are in various phase of completion implementation in 691 villages spreading over 121 GPs in 29 Blocks of eight districts.

In this phase, projects of worth Rs.10,014 crore were approved and released to the project implementing departments. 

Ms.Nanduri appraised that 29,829 housing units, 244 drinking water projects and skill development for 200 ST & SC youths , block & avenue plantation, urban plantation, seedling distribution, assisted natural regeneration and soil moisture conservation projects had been taken up.

In phase-II under compensation fund, a total amount of Rs.15,587 crore has been received by OMBADC out of which Rs.1143 cr has already been released against the sanctioned projects.

With Friday’s sanction, the total worth of projects sanctioned under OMBADC has come around Rs.12,000 crore, said an official release.

Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Mona Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Rural Development Pradeep Kumar Jena along with Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and senior officers of concerned departments participated in the deliberations

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