Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sanctioned Rs 423.87 crore in favour of 37 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) covering 10 districts of central RDC division under the state-funded MUKTA scheme for 2023-24 financial Year.
The ULBs of all 30 districts will be covered in next two phases, said an official.
The 10 districts covered in first phase are Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri and Nayagarh.
It may be mentioned here that as per the direction of the Chief Minister, 5T Secretary VK Pandian had held a videoconference with public representatives of 37 urban local bodies of the above mentioned 10 districts on June 2. The 5T Secretary had held discussions regarding the MUKTA scheme with the representatives, sources said.
The basket of projects approved under MUKTA are climate resilient work, creation of civic amenities like Mini Park, Open Air Gym, Child play station, Playground, Walking track, Loo, Vending Zones, and other public utility works like Open Space Development, Water Body Development, Construction of Multi-purpose Community Centers, Wall Painting, City beautification and other Labour-oriented works.
All these 37 ULBs have developed ward-wise feasible Annual Action Plans under MUKTA through a participatory process involving local citizens and key stakeholders. All these projects are demand driven, technically feasible and environmentally sustainable projects. These Action Plans have been screened before approval. All these projects will be executed directly by Mission Shakti Groups as Implementing Agency.
Mukhya Mantri Karma Tatpara Abhiyan (MUKTA) was launched by Patnaik on April 18, 2020 with a mission to create rapid, immediate and mass employment opportunities for urban poor and informal and migrant labourers, rendered unemployed and vulnerable in the face of Covid-19 infused crisis, while addressing the needs of creation of climate resilient, cost-effective sustainable and replicable community assets by implementing labor-intensive public works across 115 Urban Local Bodies.
The scheme adopts a community driven, participatory and bottom-up approach ensuring transparency and accountability during entire stage of project implementation.
“MUKTA is a community driven scheme tailor made for Community Based Organisations (CBO) such as Women Self Help Groups (SHG) and Slum Dwellers Associations (SDA) to take the center stage, said the official.