Chief Secretary directs Departments to gear up field activities in post-unlocking situation

The Samikhsya Bureau

BHUBANESWAR: State’s new Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra has directed the departments of the Government to speed up ground level activities and programme implementation in the post-unlocking scenario.

“Now that we are opening up many normal livelihood activities, schools, colleges and hostels; we have to be more focused on expeditious implementation of the projects amidst the Covid restrictions. We have also to get ready for vaccination”, Mohapatra stated during a high level discussion held digitally from Lokseba Bhawan on Monday evening.

He also cautioned the departments to follow the Covid protocols and SOPs strictly without any compromise.

Health & Family Welfare Department was asked to conduct frequent health check-ups in educational institutions and hostels as a preventive against any possible large breakout of the pandemic.

The heads of the educational institutions were asked to be in constant touch with local health workers and doctors and report them any suspect case immediately.

Mohapatra advised the senior officers to start district visits and resolve the field level implementation issues as and when required.

He emphasized on timely completion of the pipe drinking water supply projects, construction of pucca houses under rural housing scheme, connecting bridges and culverts, rural roads, heritage projects at Puri and Lingaraj temples, new world class campus of SCB medical college, Cuttack city beautification project, village roads, lift irrigation projects and micro-composting projects in urban areas.

Emphasizing upon quick and transparent delivery of services as per 5T principles, the Chief Secretary said that many charted services under 5T have been made online. Departments should focus on rolling out remaining services within the stipulated time.

All weather connectivity to all villages/hamlets, internet connectivity to GP level, loans to women SHGs and priority sector lending were also brought to active agenda by Mohapatra.