Odisha launches District SDG Indicator Framework

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Odisha is one of the pioneer state in SDG implementation in the country. Odisha was one of the early adopter of State SDG Indicator framework. Odisha is first state in the country to adopt SDG based budgeting.

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By Pradeep Kumar Panda

Bhubaneswar, January 5:  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched ‘District SDG Indicator Framework – Odisha’. He also unveiled SDG Odisha website for wider dissemination of Sustainable Development Goals across length and breadth of Odisha.

Comprising of 183 indicators, the ‘District SDG Indicator Framework – Odisha’ is structure that is both standardized and customised to suit the unique characteristics of 30 districts of Odisha. Odisha is one of the pioneer state in SDG implementation in the country. Odisha was one of the early adopter of State SDG Indicator framework. Odisha is first state in the country to adopt SDG based budgeting.

The chief minister called for localisation of Sustainable Development Goals and better monitoring process for achievement of inclusive and equitable development objectives at district level.  He also released Department-wise Ready Reckoners, Department-wise Convergence Matrices and Mastering Metadata in the Odisha SDG Indicator Framework 2.0 series.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) has 17 goals and 169 targets which need to be achieved by 2030 for developing a perfectly equitable society. The district framework will target achievement of these goals at the district level with better monitoring process supported by standardised data. In all these exercises, concerned departments will work as a whole. This will help convergence of goals to achieve identified objectives in a faster, coordinated and sustainable manner.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that the SDGs emphasize the importance of inclusive and equitable development. In line with these goals, the policies of our governance have been directed towards creating a level playing field for all sections of society and bring parity for every individual in opportunity for growth.

He pointed out that initiatives like Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, MAMATA, Mission Shakti, KALIA, Odisha Millets Mission, Laxmi, Empowerment and Livelihoods Improvement Programme for PVTGs, BASUDHA and many such other initiatives directly address the challenges highlighted by the SDGs.

He further said that these initiatives have paved the way for enhancing the quality of life for every citizen. Odisha champions numerous such programs that echo a sustainable future for all. The principles of our 5T Initiative reinforce our commitment to ‘Leave No One Behind’.

Highlighting state’s journey in achieving these goals, he said that mirroring the principles of inclusivity, prosperity, and environmental sustainability, Odisha’s transformative journey is intricately woven with a narrative that transcends geographical and societal diversities.

Therefore, he said, it becomes highly imperative that we monitor our progress in precise and challenging ways. He emphasised that all these new efforts will help monitor our progress in precise ways with District Administration serving as a crucial bridge to link the global goals with local communities. This will also give uniformity and help balance our progress.

He further said that Odisha’s SDG journey takes centre-stage with a dedicated website launching. The SDG-Odisha website will help paving the way for convergent efforts for all, leading to a brighter and sustainable future for our State, he added.

He hoped that these efforts will be of great help to all the stakeholders in implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in our State.   He thanked the Planning & Convergence Department, UN Agencies, and all other partners for the initiative. 5T Chairman VK Pandian was present at the launching programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena said that the success of SDG goals depends on our ability to monitor progress at a local level. Odisha has initiated a ‘whole of government’, and a ‘whole of society’ approach to achieve better and quick results.

Development Commissioner-cum-ACS Planning and Convergence Anu Garg, in her welcome address, said that each department has been provided with ready reckoner to work on its goals. Besides, there is also convergence of goals among departments, and standardised data called Meta Data. These efforts will enhance the ability to monitor outcomes for each scheme at local levels. Standardised data will ensure better monitoring of local outcomes, she said. Special Secretary, SDG, Planning & Convergence Department Chitra Arumugam proposed the vote of thanks.

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