Odisha Forest Development Corporation (OFDC), which came to rescue hundreds of people in Super Storm-FANI affected areas of the State, on Tuesday contributed Rs.2 Crore to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) and Chairman OFDC Gagan Kumar Dhal presented the cheque to Chief |Minister Naveen Patnaik here on 14 May at State Secretariat.
Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Forest and Environment Suresh Chandra Mahapatra and Managing Director OFDC Rajiv Kumar were present during the cheque handing over ceremony.
OFDC, State Owned PSU, which has been always on the fore front to help out the State during natural disasters is extending its expertise in cutting damaged trees in the FANI Affected Districts.

A Profit Making State PSU, OFDC has clocked a Gross Turnover of Rs.797.25 Crore and posted a Post Profit of Rs.19.68 Crore in 2017-18.

In fact OFDC is consecutively earning profit since 2006-07 and recently has paid a total amount of Rs.13.45 Crore towards Dividend to the State Government since then.

Managing Director Rajiv Kumar said that during 2017-18, OFDC has produced 27, 132 Cubic Meter of Timber and 23,902 Metric Ton of Firewood.

OFDC has earned Revenue of Rs.133.36 Crores from this trade, said Mr.Kumar.

Interestingly OFDC is a Debt Free PSU as it has neither availed any Government Loan or Guarantee to Finance its Business.

OFDC has widen its area of operation in executing plantation, landscaping apart from trading Timber, Bamboo, Kenduleaf and Minor Forest Products (MSP).

OFDC is promoting and facilitating Eco-Tourism in the State and it has developed and maintain web portal 
www.ecotourodisha.com for facilitating visitors to make advance reservation of accommodation available at various Nature Destinations inside the State.

OFDC is providing instant support services to the affected people at time of natural disasters like Phailin, Hudhud and Titli in removing road blockades, restoring road communication through its available manpower and improvised machine tools in time.
OFDC has already cut off over 26,000 trees damaged by Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm -FANI that hit the Coastal Zones on 3 May.

From 3 May afternoon, when FANI subsided APC and Chairman OFDC Gagan Kumar Dhal held a meeting in the Head Office, where he urged to send teams to the affected areas for cutting and clearing the roads inside and approach roads of Capital City with immediate effect.

Managing Director OFDC Rajiv Kumar organized several teams of OFDC and they were rushed roads for clearance and operation was taken up in Janpath, MG Road and other major roads.

As on 12 May, 210 Teams are engaged in tree cutting and clearance of roads, tree clearing for power supply, institutional campuses and public offices, like OUAT, Vani Vihar, Raj Bhawan, State Secretariat, public utility places like parks, house premises where danger of life was there etc.

OFDC deployed 210 Cutter Teams, 620 Labourers 55 vehicles and as on date has been able to cut 25,500 trees. Experts helped out several citizens, whose life and property was in danger.


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