Odisha sets up agency to implement Sunabeda Devt plan

Bhubaneswar: In its bid to implement the Rs 239 crore Sunabeda Area Development Plan on the line of Saranda Development Plan as suggested by the Centre, Odisha government has set up the Sunabeda Area Development Agency (SADA) for execution of welfare projects.

Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste Development department, which has been identified as the nodal department for the execution of Sunabeda Area Development Plan, has proposed 11 different sectoral interventions. These include safe drinking water, sanitation, improved health service, women and child development, quality education, improved infrastructure with all-weather road connectivity, electricity and irrigation facilities.

The proposed plan would be implemented using a convergence approach for making the programme successful and focus will also be on a single window service delivery mechanism.

An estimated Rs 239.29 crore, including the project management cost, will be spent over five years for this.

"The agency to be manned in a professional manner for effective planning, implementation and monitoring will be headquartered at Komna," a senior official of ST and SC development department said.

The plan activities will cover four blocks, 12 gram panchayats and 86 villages in Sunabeda area of Nuapada district.

The agency having greater autonomy would act as a single window service delivery institution.

This was decided at a high-level meeting held to explore the possibility of setting up solar energy based power supply projects in remote villages in the project area.