District administration has partnered with UNICEF for an integrated approach
KORAPUT: A joint action plan for the integrated development of Koraput district ‘Ankur-2’ was launched jointly by Balakrishna Sahu, the district Collector and Shadrack Omol, the UNICEF State Representative for Orissa at Jeypore today.
While speaking on the concern and commitment of UNICEF in Orissa, Mr. Omol said that special attention was required for the development of the State in general and Koraput in specific, where development indicators like literacy rate, infant mortality rate and per capita income were lower than the national average.
To meet this challenge, the district administration of Koraput, has partnered with UNICEF to jointly initiate the integrated approach for the sustainable and holistic development of the district over the next four years.
The programme with an aim to achieve universal elementary education for all children between 6 to 14 years of age, reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) by half, bringing improvement in health, nutrition, water and sanitation status of children and women, would work towards reducing the number of people living below poverty line by creating opportunities for improvement in employment, roads, electricity and environment, he added.
While signing on the agreement papers of the joint action plan, Mr. Sahu, said that based on the process of decentralised planning in the district through community participation and guided by the PRI for social, economic and human development, Ankur-2 aims to demonstrate a working model of integrated and sustainable development in Koraput.
A District Core Committee (DCC), headed by the Collector will meet quarterly to review and guide the progress of the programme, he added.