Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the District Collectors to ensure that the livelihood programmes must be implemented effectively to benefit the poor.
Reviewing the MGNREGA programme and urban employment schemes here on Tuesday through video conferencing, Patnaik warned the officials not to sideline the poor and the needy during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Chief Minister said it is the priority of his government to provide employment opportunities to the poor people in the rural regions of Odisha during the pandemic.
He said the government has targeted for the creation of 20 crore mandays through the livelihood programmes and added that strict action will be taken against those officials who will not take adequate measures for disbursement of payments to the people immediately.
He urged the District Collectors to contact the wage earners over phone through Mo Sarkar platform and added that a special cell of Mo Sarkar will function from January 2021.
Patnaik took the opportunity to congratulate District Collectors of Jajpur, Koraput and Sonepur for fulfilling the target of MGNREGA. He said special focus will be given to those districts from which exodus of labourers are noticed.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said the government is working for providing livelihood opportunities for 50 lakh nominal farmers and landless people.
Panchayati Raj Principal Secretary Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh said 6.26 lakh job cards have been given to beneficiaries and till date 14.50 cr mandays have been created.
Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary G Mathivathanan said 8000 projects have been undertaken n 114 urban bodies in the state and added that 5000 projects are completed.
5 T Secretary V K Pandian said the mothers of Mission Shakti will be given the responsibility to monitor the situation at the grassroot and they will be paid immediately for their services. The District Collectors have been advised to look into the matter on urgent basis.