Indian state seeking PPP support

India's Department of Economic Affairs should consider a new scheme to support future PPPs in Odisha, according to a local politician.

Naveen Patnaik, chief minister for the state said a pilot scheme should be introduced due to the state's significant growth in sectors such as healthcare, education, rural roads and drinking water supply.

"The annual growth rate of Odisha over last years has been close to 9% in spite of the global slowdown. Poverty has been reduced from 57.2% in 2004-05 to 37% in 2009-10, the highest decline among all States. There has been significant improvement in other human indexes like literacy rate, birth rate and infant mortality rate," said Patnaik.

Stating that the Government is giving top priority on infrastructural development during 12th Plan period, Patnaik said the PPP projects have been taken up in sectors like bulk water supply in satellite town of Bhubaneswar, solid waste management, health services network in Bhubaneswar and power saving street lights.