The Odisha government will select a credible professional agency having experience as its technical partner for formulation of Vision 2020-30 for the state.
A high level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi discussed various issues pertaining to the proposed Vision document in line with the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG) set by the UN and NITI Ayog’s initiation on it.
Chief Secretary advised senior bureaucrats to constitute subject specific thematic groups to set the vision in each targeted area. Around three interconnected documents would be formulated. These would be Vision Document 2030 which would be co-terminus for achievement of SDGs, another 7 year strategy for the period from 2017-18 to 2023-24 would be formulated to convert the longer visions in to implementable policies and the third document would be 3 year Action Document for the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20 aligning it to the financial resources.
Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan suggested to align Vision 2030 with the State Vision Document 2036. It may be pertinent here to mention that Odisha on its own has initiated Vision 2036 keeping in view completion of the 100th year of State formation. Planning & Convergence department would be the nodal dept. for this exercise, said official sources. SDG cells would be set up in each department by next month.
Seventeen focus areas like end of poverty, sustainable production and consumption, health & well being, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable clean energy, reduced inequalities, social peace & justice, development of partnerships, climate change action, etc were identified to be included in the Vision Document 2030. These goals were clustered to seven broad categories and 7 thematic working groups were constituted to look in to these clusters.
The thematic working groups would develop the road map for SDG implementation in the state. The experts from private sector, civil society, academicians and technical experts would be involved in the process to bring in innovative perspectives. Chief Secretary Padhi told reporters here that the thematic working groups would submit their suggestion within two months which would be put to government for consideration before onward transmission to NITI ayog.