JICA Contact Mission for Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project - II (Under Rolling Plan FY 2016) - Visit to Bhubaneswar dated May 18-19, 2016.
JICA Contact Mission visited Bhubaneswar from 18th to 19th May 2016 and
consisted of following members
- Ms. Sachiko Imoto, Senior Representative, JICA, New Delhi.
- Mr. Vineet Sarin, Addl. Chief Development Specialist, JICA, New Delhi.
- Ms. Yukari Inagaki, Programme Specialist, JICA, New Delhi.
The newly proposed project OFSDP (II) was discussed by JTCA in separate
meetings with Project Director of PMU and other officials; Development
Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary (Finance); Principal Secretary,
Forests & Environment; PCCF (HoFF) and Chief Wild life Warden.
Highlights of the Meeting with Project Director and PMU Officials
- The contents of the new project were discussed in brief.
- JICA informed that the 'Supplemental Survey' for the project is
expected to be commenced by JICA from July 2016. In this regard, the
draft Terms of Reference (ToR) was explained by JICA to PMU, with a
request to sign the 'Minutes of the Meeting' as an acceptance of the ToR
for the 'Supplemental Survey'
- JICA informed PMU that the proposed cost of Rs. 1739.5 crores is too
huge and needs to be down sized to about Rs.800 to Rs. 1,000 crores.
- OFSDP-II is not be treated as an extension of the ongoing project
and the project components would be suitably and appropriately modified
or new components may be introduced by the Supplemental Survey Team
based on a series of lessons learned by JICA not only in Odisha but in
other projects across the country and as per the final output of the
ongoing Impact Assessment Study
- With regard to the prevailing law and order situation, JICA would
like to have a clear report from the Home Department of the State
Government to ascertain the actual situation in each of the proposed
- As the project cost has to be worked out on the basis of the
current/ expected future wage rates to arrive at a realistic project
cost. Moreover, per hectare cost calculation needs to be in line with
the schedule of rates of the state.
- JICA stated that the project would have to be implemented with the
PMU under society mode.
- JICA advised PMU to rationalize development of Infrastructure and
procurement of vehicles and equipments.
- JICA asked PMU to organize an introductory kick-off meeting at the
time of the commencement of the Supplemental Survey so that
information about the objective, purpose, schedule and ToR of the survey
are disseminated to all stakeholders from the State Government to FMU
- PMU suggested certain components that JICA could consider for
inclusion in addition to what have been proposed already are as under:
- Biodiversity conservation including Man-animal conflict
- Hi-tech Nurseries.
- Pilot projects on REDD Plus
- Strengthening of the Research Wing of the Forest Department and
In the Meeting with Development Commissioner cum Additional
Chief Secretary, Finance, JICA informed of their satisfaction
over the successful implementation of the ongoing project and the
outputs are very encouraging. They also informed that REDD plus
related activities would be considered for inclusion by JICA under
the new project. DC&ACS assured the team that State Government looks
forward to JICA's further support for the new project and is ready
to provide funds for the same.
In the Meeting with Principal Secretary and the Special
Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Principal Secretary
stressed the need for technology transfer at the lowest level in the
fields of livelihood improvement including agriculture, horticulture
In the Meeting with Principal CCF (HoFF) and Chief Wild Life
Warden, Odisha, the Principal CCF while appreciating the JICAs
assistance for the ongoing project confirmed that the existing PMU
and the infrastructure would be continued for implementing the new
project. The Chief Wildlife Warden suggested that the new project
should also consider greater measures for 'Soil & Moisture
Conservation', especially for water harvesting so as to improve the
health of forests.