Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 1:
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today asked the Commerce and Transport department to organise camps in the colleges to create road safety awareness among the students and make provisions to give them driving licenses after proper driving test.
Reviewing the yearly performance of the department at the State Secretariat here, the chief minister asked the department to take special measure to ensure that the people who come to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) for work should not face any problem.
Considering the popularity of the Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana launched by the state government in 118 ITDA blocks in the remote areas in the first phase to provide better communication facility to the people, I havethe Chief Minister asked the department to expedite the process to implement the scheme in another 31 blocks.
It was revealed that while 3216 gram panchayats in 18 districts have better road communication facility, the state government has decided to ply 990 buses in the remaining 506 gram panchayats through the scheme to improve the communication network.
The chief minister also asked the department to ensure availability of government bus services in the Maoist prone areas in a time-bound manner, expedite construction work of the two heavy vehicle driving training centres in Keonjhar and Brahmapur and created skill based employment opportunity for the youth through PPP mode.
Expressing displeasure over the tardy pace of work of the Khordha-Bolangir rail project, Patnaik asked the department to keep in touch with the Railways at regular intervals to expedite the project work since the state government has announced to provide land free of cost and bear 50 percent of the of the project cost.
He directed the department to sincerely pursue the timely construction of the new ports under PPP mode.
Commerce and Transport minister Ramesh Majhi, chief secretary, development commissioner, additional secretary to chief minister, additional chief secretary, Finance, principal secretary and special secretary, Commerce and Transport attended the meeting.