Chief Secretary B K Patnaik addressing the media
Chief Secretary B K Patnaik addressing the media
Bhubaneswar: Talking to media persons after a joint review meeting at the State Secretariat on Monday, Chief Secretary B K Patnaik informed that the World Bank is happy over the overall progress in three of its projects namely the Community Tank Management Project, the State Roads Project and the Rural Livelihood Project being implemented with an estimated cost of $404.8 million.

The State Roads Project, aims to remove bottlenecks in selected transport corridors in the State, the Rural Livelihood Project, which aims at enhancing the socio-economic status of the poor.

Similarly the Community Tank Management Project aims to improve agricultural productivity and the effectiveness of water user associations to manage tank systems.

The eight-member World Bank delegation led by H N Josserand jointly reviewed the externally-aided projects in State under the Chairmanship of Mr. Patnaik.

After the meeting Nove-Josserand said, “We saw the progress in two projects — the Community Tank Management project and the Rural Livelihood project . However implementation of the State Road Project needs substantial improvement.”

“The State Government has assured us that the issues will receive special attention,” he added.

Mr. Patnaik said that, the State had spent 90 per cent of external aid in 2009-10 and 100 per cent in 2010-11. During the current fiscal year up to December, the utilisation of funds was to the tune of 50 per cent.

Mr. Patnaik said that the State Government has proposed three new projects Water Management, Urban and Mining Sector Development to the Department of Economic Affairs to consider and pose the World Bank for aid in its 12th Plan.

Among others representatives of the Asian Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development were also present at the meeting.