Chief Minister in India seeks more central support for PPP projects

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday emphasised on more Central support to public private partnership (PPP) projects in social sectors. “The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) should consider supporting PPP projects in Odisha where a line of support is provided to the State viability gap fund for taking up more annuity-based projects in social sectors,” the Chief Minister said at the closing session of two-day PPP conclave here. Such an arrangement will help broaden the base of PPPs to ensure improved service delivery standards for the public, he said. The Chief Minister said there is much scope and opportunities for growth of PPP projects in the State because of the sustained economic growth. The annual growth rate of Odisha over last years has been close to 9 per cent despite global slowdown while poverty has been reduced from 57.2 per cent in 2004-05 to 37 per cent in 2009-10. Claiming that his Government is giving top priority to infrastructural development during 12th Plan period, Patnaik said he would like new PPP projects in rural health, rural roads and rural drinking water supply. Secretary, DEA, Arvind Mayaram said India has emerged as largest PPP market and it is quite encouraging that Odisha is implementing projects worth `13,000 crore in public infrastructure within a very short period of time. This is something like creating a plan outside the Government plan in which the objectives of Government are achieved. Now the need is to move forward with contract management and regular monitoring of concession agreements, he said. Chief Secretary JK Mohapatra said PPP projects will be helpful not only in mobilising investments but also in growth of efficiency in implementation and delivery of services. Special Secretary, PPP and Project Monitoring, Pradeep Jena listed out the projects under implementation and those already finalised.