Odisha Inducts 56 Senior Economic Investigators in Planning & Convergence Department

Odisha, on Thursday, inducted 56 senior economic investigators into the planning and convergence department of the state government. The new officers will first undergo a three-month training on various aspects of planning at the local level and then be involved in the collection, compilation, scrutiny and analysis of data pertaining to local area development schemes.

They will also provide support to district Planning and Monitoring Units and assist them in the preparation of comprehensive district plans and monitoring of local area development schemes.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inducted the investigators and said that community involvement in developmental planning is essential for balanced regional growth. He emphasised on evidence-based and outcome-oriented planning which will lead to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and better Human Development Indices and in turn, ensure growth with justice and equity.

“A proper planning supported by appropriate data analysis and better implementation is a pre-requisite for the success of our development process. You are now part of the state’s planning process. I believe your talent and energy will be an asset for the state. I expect you to excel in your work and make best use of your knowledge for the development of the state,” the Chief Minister said while congratulating the newly inducted investigators.

Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Planning & Convergence Minister Padmanav Behera, Secretary to CM (5T) V.K. Pandian and Development Commissioner P.K. Jena were present.

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