Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said the real ownership of the agriculture sector belongs to farmers and they are now included in Mo Sarkar initiative.
Speaking at a programme in the Lok Seva Bhavan here on Thursday, Patnaik announced the inclusion of agriculture and empowerment of farmers in Mo Sarkar initiative of Odisha government.
Odisha Chief Minister said the state was dependent on other states for relief assistance during 1999 super cyclone, but added that the situation has been changed. The state has acquired third position in the country for streamlisation of distribution of crop, Patnaik said.
Eulogizing the role of farmers, the Chief Minister said the state has been awarded Krushi Karman prize for five times due to the efforts of farmers. Therefore, his government is giving more stress on the wellbeing of agrarian community, Patnaik said.
The Chief Minister said he will speak to farmers of different regions of the state to get their feedback on the services provided to them by the government. He said reward or punishment for the government officials depends on the feedback of the farmers. The officials who get accolades from the farmers will be given certificate of excellence, he added.
Principal secretary of the Agriculture department, Sourav Garg, while delivering the welcome address, dwelt upon the implementation of Mo Sarkar initiative in the agriculture sector.
V K Pandian, 5T secretary, brought home the point to district-level officials how Mo Sarkar initiative could be effectively implemented so that the agrarian community would reap the maximum benefit.
Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ empowerment Arun Sahu and departmental heads of the department were present during the video conferencing. District Collectors and district level Agriculture officials of 30 districts participated in the video conferencing.