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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: In order to revive the economy hit by Covid-19 pandemic, the State Planning Board has directed officials of different departments to submit revival proposals within a week.

The apex planning body of the State government held a meeting at the Lok Seva Bhawan on Tuesday which was chaired by its deputy chairman Sanjay Das Burma.

The board members discussed various issues to strengthen the economy in the State. While revival plans are being prepared for empowerment of migrant workers, agriculture and water resources department, the board stressed for an integrated ameliorative plan for all sectors.

Officials of all departments have been asked to submit their proposals within seven days. Besides, the State planning board stressed on creation of more working days in order to generate more employment opportunities in local areas.

Once the officials submit the proposals, the board will ask Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies which has been functioning as the nodal agency, to prepare a report. Subsequently, the findings will be submitted to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

“We will consult the experts who are handling the State’s policies and prepare report accordingly to ensure smooth revival of economy and control the situation responsibly,” Das Burma said after the meeting.

Among others, Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, secretaries of concerned departments and other officials were present in the meeting.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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