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CEC Bats For Skill

Central Empowered Committee has advised to pump in more funds for Skill Development as unemployment is a major issue in rural areas of the State.

With unemployment is a major issue in the rural areas, the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court of India has advised the Oversight Authority of Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas
Development Corporation (OMBADC) to take up more skill development programs in diverse fields.

CEC Team, which recently visited the Mineral Bearing Areas of Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar has said in its report that while the on-going programs on skill development has been scientifically planned, the allocation for livelihood promotion appreas to be proportionally small.

So more programs on skill development in diverse fields need to be taken and share of funds for this sector may also be increased.

Similarly CEC has also advised OMBADC to be more proactive keeping in view of improving standard of service.

Oversight Committee of OMBADC has approved Rs.11,806.50 Crore out of Rs.16,562.27 Crore funds available with it in the Second Phase.

While in First Phase, OMBADC has spent Rs.822.50 Crore against an allocation of Rs.869.42 Crore from Ad Hoc CAMPA.

About 89 Percent of funds is being utilized for three sectors, Drinking Water, Health and Education.

While major funds are spent in Drinking Water, Health and Education Sector, standard of service is needed to be improved.

OMBADC is needed to lay down basic standard of service to be made available to the general public.

Health Sector Service will have to be with reference to the Primary Health Centre, Block and District Level Hospitals and similar standard of service will have to be thought of for the other sectors including Education.

CEC has observed that OMBADC Projects are being implemented through the concerned line departments of the State Government and are mainly intended to augment the existing Government Program.

Often OMBADC Projects overlap both in terms of the location of the Projects and its components because OMBADC substituting for the State Government is basically extending financial support for schemes, which earlier funded from State Budget.

So far Drinking Water Projects are concerned an Institutional Mechanism is needed to prevent wastage of water from leaking pipes as CEC Team observed that drinking water tapes and pipes were seen leaking at various places.

Local Panchayats could be entrusted with maintenance of water supply system at villages, advised CEC.

Treatment of the catchment areas of the rivers is an absolute must to augment recharge of ground water.

Water conservation and ground water recharge and soil and moisture conservation works need to be undertaken and more allocation is needed for arresting soil erosion on forest floors, pointed out CEC.
 


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