Sundargarh(19/05/2022): Former Supreme Court Judge and Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas
Development Corporation (OMBADC) Oversight Authority Justice Anang Kumar Patnaik
is on a 3-day visit to Sundargarh to take stock of the progress of works of various
developmental initiatives in the district.
On the second day of his visit on Thursday, Justice Patnaik reviewed the progress in the
various public welfare projects at Bargaon, Rajgangpur and Kuarmunda blocks of Sundargarh
district which are developed with financial support from OMBADC.
Justice Patnaik first visited the advanced studio for conducting virtual smart classes at the
office of the District Education Officer in the district headquarters and spoke to the teachers
taking smart classes.
The studio has been connected to various schools through V-Sat link to
broadcast virtual class.
The facility proved to be of special help to continue seamless teaching
during the Covid pandemic.
The lectures by veteran teachers would be recorded at the studio
and later beamed to the mobile phone of the students.
Thereafter, Justice Patnaik inspected the infrastructure available at the Community
Health Centre (CHC) Bargaon and inaugurated new doctor and staff quarters.
He then visited
the IPU&TC located in the health centre campus and took stock of the various services offered
there by interacting with the physiotherapists and beneficiaries.
Eleven mega piped water projects are being made operational in Sundargarh district to
provide potable water at every household across the 17 blocks.
Justice Patnaik inspected
the progress of works at one of the under-construction projects at Laing in Rajgangpur block.
Justice Shri Patnaik toured the banana plantation in Thapaberna village at Keshramal Gram
Panchayat of Rajgangpur block.
He expressed his satisfaction at the role played by the banana
plantation in empowering women financially and strengthening the livelihood of people in
He also visited the 5 metric tonne capacity solar-powered cold storage unit which
has been set up to store the farmersâ€™ produce.
All the government high schools in Sundargarh district are being given a facelift in a phased
manner under the state governmentâ€™s 5T initiative as per the vision of Chief Minister
The high school education environment is being made attractive with
the introduction of smart classrooms, modern Science Technology Engineering &
Mathematics (STEM) based science labs, ICT labs, library and reading rooms, renovated
playgrounds and sports infra, pure drinking water and separate and hygienic toilets.
Justice Patnaik inspected the smart classrooms, ICT lab and other infrastructure at the
transformed Kumjharia Government High School in Kuarmunda block.
He spoke to the students and
teachers at the school.
In the afternoon, Justice Patnaik inaugurated a new Community Resource Centre at
Kuarmunda block where the Anganwadi and ASHA workers will be trained in various
government schemes and programmes.
He also held discussion with the Women SHG members running the Utkal Kitchen at
Kuarmunda block headquarters.
The Utkal Kitchens have been opened by the district
administration to provide homestyle food at affordable price to officials and visitors at the
block headquarters in a hygienic environment.
Under the Odisha Livelihoods Mission, SHG Women are being provided Rs 50,000 monetary
incentive through â€˜Startup Village Entrepreneurship Programmeâ€™ for opening business like
tailoring shop, xerox shop, and beauty parlour etc.
Similarly, through the Aajeevika Grameen
Express Yojana (AGEY) they are being given an incentive of Rs 3 lakh to become self-
dependent by purchasing Auto Rickshaws.
The initiative will solve commute issues in the area
while turning a livelihood opportunity for the target beneficiaries.
As many as 10 AGEY
beneficiaries and 3 Startup Village Entrepreneurship Programme beneficiaries of the block
spoke to Justice Patnaik.
At the last leg of his 2nd day visit Justice Patnaik went to the Eklavya Model Residential
School (EMRS) at Kuarmunda and exchanged notes with ST students taking coaching for
medical, IIT and similar entrance examinations under the student incentive programme.
wished them success in their career.
On day 1 of the visit, Justice Patnaik visited and reviews Biofloc Fish farming, Village Pond
Fish Farming, Banana Plantation, and other livelihood, education and other projects at
Lephripara, Tangarpali and Sundargarh Sadar blocks.
The CEO of OMBADC G Rajesh, Officials on Special Duty (OSDs) Shaikh Naeemuddin and
Dwipayan Patnaik, General Manager OMBADC (Administration) Sudhakar Burgi,
General Manager (Operation) Jayant Kumar Dash, Consultant Partha Mohanty and
Team Leader Ambuj Prasad accompanied Justice AK Patnaik during the visit.
Project Director of Sundargarh District Rural Development Authority Bhairab Singh Patel,
Chief District Medical Officer Dr.Saroj Kumar Mishra, CEO DMF Reeta Dang, District
Education Officer Amulya Kumar Padhan and other senior officials of the district were
present on the occasion.