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Odisha Cabinet approves 19 proposals

Bhubaneswar, July, 25: The Odisha Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved at least 19 proposals that will have a transformative impact on key sectors including higher education, livelihood, drinking water, healthcare and air connectivity.

The Cabinet approved a tender proposal which will enable starting of construction work of the medical college in tribal dominated Keonjhar district immediately. This work of about Rs 314 crore will fulfill the promise of functional medical college in Keonjhar.

The Cabinet also approved another tender proposal of Rs 318 crore for development of drinking water supply infrastructure in Baripada, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda. The proposed project will ensure adequate and safe drinking water for over 13.92 lakh population in these cities and enhance quality of urban life in Odisha.

This apart, the Cabinet also gave its nod for establishment of Council for Higher Education to ensure quality of higher education and promote research in the State, special legislation for regulation of fishing and sustainable management of fishery resources in Chilika lake.

“The Special legislation will not only enhance livelihood options for the fishermen and lake-dependent people but also protect the sensitive ecology of the lake,” Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

Proposal for reduction of VAT on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) to one percent from five per cent also got the Cabinet nod which would give a huge boost to regional air connectivity, linking various possible places of Odisha more efficiently.

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