The WODC Act, 2001 widening up the representation of the Council and providing autonomy with ` 50.00 crores as Grant-in-aid from 2001-02 and additional Grant-in-aid of ` 50.00 crores as Special Grant from 2008-09 annually heralded a new chapter in the development of Western Odisha fulfilling the aspirations of the people and generating hopes for new economic agenda. The Hon'ble Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik with his personal initiatives has given this new Agenda of development to the people of Western Odisha. The Council with a Chairman, two Member of Parliament, eleven legislators from Western Odisha, nine Expert Members has been fully constituted. In addition to the districts of Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Sambalpur, Subarnapur, Sundargarh and Athamallik Sub-Division of Angul District has been included in the Council's jurisdiction.
Objectives of WODC
The objectives of the Council have been embodied in the Council Act to(1) upgrade the levels of development with a view to removing regional imbalances, (2) upgrade the relative levels of development in different sectors in each Districts having regard to the levels of development for the State as a whole, (3) prepare long-term and short-term plans and programmes for removal of developmental imbalances and formulate plans and programme accordingly.
In pursuance to these objectives, the Council has identified the sectors-wise deficiencies in development. The main deficiency is on irrigation followed by Roads and Communications, Health, Education and Rural Electrification. In addition to this, regular intervention is necessary for mitigating the natural calamities. As per the objectives and identified deficiencies, the Council prepares its Own Action Plan.