Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 6:
The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs has asked the Odisha government to furnish a detailed report on the issues involved in the implementation of schemes by the Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDA) in the state.
The reason why the Ministry has sought a report is because once the problem areas are identified, necessary steps can be taken to strengthen it both in terms of infrastructure and manpower and ensure the smooth implementation of various tribal welfare schemes by the ITDAs, sources said.
The Ministry feels the Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDAs) in Odisha have not grown institutionally to the desired level due to lack of manpower and modern infrastructure.
Odisha government has been asked to furnish details about the availability of man power, infrastructure deficiencies as well requirements such as additional resources that can help improve the situation, along with financial implications involved.
The Ministry has also sought a report on the feasibility of setting up new ITDAs in the state along with teh cost estimates.
Sources said due to lack of infrastructure and man power, a huge amount of funds provided under the ITDA scheme are lying unutilized and project has failed to yield the desired results in the state.
The Ministry has cited the example of ITDAs in Andhra Pradesh which are doing an excellent job and advised all the states to emulate the model.