Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet approved a proposal to implement “Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agricultural Resilience through Innovative Development (REWARD)” project.
REWARD envisages an expenditure of Rs 500.00 crore on science based watershed management for a period of six years starting from April, 2021. Out of this, World Bank will provide a loan assistance amounting Rs 350.00 crore.
The project will be implemented by the Directorate of Soil Conservation & Watershed Development under Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Department for a period of six years.
The officials said that Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department has decided to Construct Integrated Infrastructure Complex (IIC) in all the Districts (30 Districts) of the State in a phased manner as per 5-T charter.
In the first phase 10 Integrated Infrastructure Complexes (IICs) are taken up for construction out of which 9 Integrated Infrastructure Complexes (IICs) in Khordha, Cuttack, Puri, Kandhamal, Sambalpur, Bhadrak, Malkangiri, Ganjam and Nawarangpur are funded from the State budget and one Integrated Infrastructure Complex (Sundargarh) out of District Mineral Fund (DMF).
The remaining 8 District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Districts will take up construction of Integrated Infrastructure Complex out of District Mineral Fund expeditiously.
Integrated Infrastructure Complexes (IICs) will be upgraded as “Centres of Excellence” which will include Old Age Home, Home for the Destitute, Physiotherapy Centre, Medical Unit, Rehabilitation Centre and Special Schools for Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired and those with Intellectual Disabilities.