The State Government has decided to include Angul, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda and Deogarh districts in the Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC) for undertaking developmental and livelihood programmes.
With this, the number of districts included in OMBADC will rise to eight. Now, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj are covered under it.
Under the OMBADC, livelihood-based developmental programmes will be undertaken in these districts out of its compensation money. Programmes like housing, drinking water supply, skill development and farm forestry will be taken up in the areas affected by mining operations.
Out of targeted 29,800 houses, more than 27,000 houses have been completed with utilization of Rs 350 crore against total allocation of Rs 400 crore. So far drinking water projects are concerned, 212 small pipe water projects have been planned to cover 286 villages. By now, 154 villages have been covered and the rest are in pipeline.
Under the OMBADC, skill development training is also being imparted to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe youths.
As skill development in hotel management is in high demand, the Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) has given a proposal for imparting such training in State Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM), Balangir.
Around Rs 18 crore would be spent in providing skill training, said sources. Latest information has revealed that 195 trainees are now getting ITI training. Youths from only mining areas are being provided this facility.
It has been decided to request the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and the Central Tool Room and Training Centre (CTTC) to open centres in Sundargarh and Keonjhar districts so that youths of mineral bearing district have access to skill trainings provided by them.
Farm forestry projects have also been undertaken in these districts for which Rs 56 crore has been allocated. Green cover activities have been given focus as mining operations are affecting environment and living condition of the people.