Bhubaneswar, 04/09 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty ) : “The State Government has initiated Chief Minister’s Employment Generation Scheme, a massive skill development initiative, which aims at skill development for 1.1 million youth in next five years. At least 150 young men and women of each Panchayat will be imparted training for making them employable. The State Government has also expanded infrastructure in health care and education for better rural outreach”, said Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik while inaugurating a two-day workshop on ‘Model Villages for Good Governance’ jointly organized by State General Administration Department and Administrative Reforms Department of Government of India at Hotel Mayfair on Thursday here.
Stating that good governance constitutes the core of our vision and the essence of our development strategy, Chief Minister Mr. Patnaik said “Our sustained efforts for good governance have produced ample opportunities for growth and development in the state. We have displayed high economic growth, massive infrastructure and industrial development, and noticeable changes in a host of other sectors like health & education. However, rural development and upliftment of people living in villages has always remained our priority. Our development in rural areas must be accelerated by convergence and synchronization of all our developmental policy and programmes”.
He added that some strategic initiatives for various weaker sections of society have brought about significant changes in the lives of millions. The Mission Shakti has resulted in a silent revolution in empowering the women of the state. It has helped elevate more than five million women with better socio-economic opportunities. Similarly an array of initiatives for farmers and farming sectors such as improved access to water, high yielding variety seeds, fertilizers, credit at marginal interest and providing marketing opportunities have succeeded in benefitting our farmers. Likewise, the Biju Setu Yojana for rural connectivity, rural electrification programme, farmers’ insurance scheme, social security to disadvantaged sections and a host of other development and welfare projects have transformed rural life considerably.
“It is indisputable that for sustainable development, we need an environment friendly inclusive development approach. Model Village programme will serve this purpose by leveraging the synergies of our existing and future programmes. It will bring in the community of citizens, public representatives, corporates and academia to the centre stage. Their creativity, professionalism and passion for development will be employed to rev up rural economy. Increased production and supply of food grains, pulses, foods and vegetables and other farm produces will help infuse the much needed fillip to rural economy. It also aims at combating and mitigating climate change by successful afforestation and plantation programmes by sensitizing communities on the issue. The Model Village programme has an objective to bring transparency and accountability in government initiatives by enlightening people about their rights and entitlements under the laws of public service delivery, food security, forests, education and other programmes. All departments will implement Model Village programme in a convergence framework to make it highly effective”, he further added.
The workshop was attended by Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Panchayati Raj Minister Arun Sahoo, Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati, GA Special Secretary, Additional Secretary of Administrative Reforms, Government of India and other dignitaries.