Bhubaneswar: Odisha is a lead performer in the launching and execution of the developmental projects in public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
This was known from the discussions held in a high level review meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in Lok Seva Bhawan Conference hall yesterday wherein Principal Secretary Finance Ashok Meena outlined the issues for discussion. The PPP experts present in the meeting mentioned that Odisha’s PPP management is a well functioning system in the entire country with its single-window clearance system and ground level facilitation for expeditious commissioning of the projects.
Reviewing the performance of the PPP cell, the Chief Secretary directed to make it more dynamic and innovative. Tripathy further directed that the PPP unit should conceptualise and formulate a shelf of projects for attracting more private sector investment. The departments were asked to provide necessary technical support in formulation of the detail project after it is conceptualized by the PPP unit.
The proposal for developing the PPP cell to the level of an expert directorate under the Supervision of Principal Secretary Finance was discussed in the meeting. Chief Secretary directed to form a detail proposal in the matter and place it for Government approval. It may be pertinent here to mention that as of now the PPP cell have been operating in Planning & Convergence Department. Experts opine that bringing it under the Finance department will help in better integration of budgetary and extra-budgetary sources for developmental projects. It will help in enhancing the number of projects and activities within available budgetary provisions. Principal Secretary Finance Ashok Meena appraised that as on 1st July, 2019 a total number of 88 projects of worth Rs.18,349 cr have been sanctioned under PPP mode. These projects are mainly in urban development, transport, industrial infrastructure, health, education, roads, tourism, food supplies & consumer welfare and energy sectors. Out of these 88 projects, 57 projects worth Rs.8,365cr have been completed and operationalised, 17 projects worth Rs.4861 cr are under various stages of completion and 14 projects worth Rs. 5,123 cr are in pipeline.
Principal Secretary Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Vir Vikram Yadav, Principal Secretary Energy Bishnupada Sethi, Special Secretary Commerce & Transport Manoj Kumar Mishra, Special Secretary Housing & Urban Development Prem Kumar Jha, Secretary Health & Family Welfare Pramod Kumar Meherda along with senior officers from concerned departments participated in the deliberations.