Bhubaneswar: The 15th Finance Commission today praised Odisha government for making significant improvement in several sectors, but advised to work more to reach national average.
The Commission chairman NK Singh, who had a meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other ministers and officials, highlighted Odisha’s achievement in health, education, economy and disaster management. However, he termed the quantum of achievement not enough and said it has still to go a long way.
“Very significant progress has been made in reducing poverty in Odisha, although poverty numbers are still higher than national average. There has been a significant improvement in per capita income, but has a long way to go before it reaches the national average” he said at a press meet after the meeting.
In terms of social indicator of progress, Odisha has achieved significant improvement in health sector. But, more improvement is required. Because, availability of one doctor for 8,000 to 10,000 people is not really welcome picture, he added.
He also appreciated the State for successfully handling natural calamities, setting global benchmark. “Odisha has done a commendable job and has earned global praise for its disaster management, minimising human casualties”, Singh pointed out.