Odisha government today identified 15 sectors as focus areas for overall development of the state. Chief Secretary A P Padhi directed the district authorities to ensure Minimum Guaranteed Service (MGS) in the remotest areas and establish service delivery connectivity to all areas. The 15 major focus areas include Mission Shakti, rural electrification, sanction of relief under Chief Ministers' Relief Fund, Internet connectivity to gram panchayats, use of social media, inclusion and exclusion under National Food Security Act and others. Implementation of the 'Unnati' programme in urban areas, computerisation of Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies and revitalising the state run Industrial Training Centres are also among the focus areas, Padhi said. On empowerment of Mission Shakti Groups, Padhi said the districts have been suggested that these groups should not be confined to mere borrowing, lending and some economic activities. "They should be oriented towards social mobilisation," he said. Collectors have been asked to expeditiously deal with forest clearance issues for extension of rural electrification and were advised to provide all support and assistance to both the central and state level executing agencies. The state government also suggested the collectors to open official Facebook and Twitter accounts at the district levels and keep responsible officials in charge to quickly respond to issues and grievances raised by the people. The collectors were advised to sanitise the database of ration card holders by exclusion of death cases and inclusion of new births regularly, Padhi said.
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