Ghadai asks field officers to play active role

Rourkela: Aiming to raise state`s revenue up to Rs 20,000 crore to boost economic growth especially in rural areas, the state government has asked the field officers to play an active role to achieve higher earnings.

State`s revenue has grown four-fold to about Rs 16,000 crore in recent times and efforts are on to raise it up to Rs 20,000 crore, state`s Finance minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai said at the annual conference of All Odisha Non- gazetted Revenue Officers` Association here on Tuesday.

Field revenue officers are main earners for the state collecting about 70 per cent of state`s revenue, he said adding their role is important for state`s economic health.

Stating that almost the entire revenue was spent towards payment of salaries, pensions and interest on debt, Ghadai said field revenue officers would have to play a major role in substantially increasing earnings.

He claimed that per capita income in the state was on the rise. The government has already provided 4.09 lakh acre of forest land to tribals and 2.8 lakh acres to primitive tribals in the state, he said.

State`s Revenue minister S N Patro, who was the chief guest, said the state government was in the process of reclaiming unused land from various lessees including the railway, and central government agencies besides the encroachers.

Land worth over Rs 10,000 crores would be reclaimed by the government, he said.