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Slew of plans get Cabinet approval

Bhubaneswar, February 8, 2018: The Odisha Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday approved a slew of proposals, including bifurcation of Tourism and Culture Department and renaming Culture as Odia Language, Literature and Culture Department.

Other decisions include amendment of laws for recruitment, promotion and strengthening of Government service cadres, setting up of a State-of-the-art automated dairy and milk production plant with production capacity of 5 lakh litres, five water supply projects worth Rs 370.60 crores to benefit over 2 lakh people in fluoride affected blocks of Khariar, Boden, Nuapada, Komna blocks in Nuapada district, tendering for construction of Under Ground Pipe Line Irirgation System (Gravity Flow) for 13,982 Ha and  Command Area Development for 29,000 Ha of Lower Indra Irrigation Project in Nuapada and  Balangir districts.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to amend the Odisha Municipal Act, 1950 (Odisha Act 23 of 1950) and the Odisha Municipal Corporation Act, 2003 (Odisha Act 11 of 2003) to bar voting through secret ballot during no-confidence motion. Proposals for amendment of Odisha Veterinary Service Group ‘A’ (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1995 for promotion of OVS group ‘A’ officers and amendment of Odisha Jail Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2012 for promotions also got the Cabinet nod.

Proposals for amendment to OSJS & OJS Rules, 2007 by raising the percentage of reservation from 1% to 4% and relaxing age limit from five years to 10 years for Persons with Disabilities for the post of Civil Judge and amendment of Odisha Employment Service Class-II (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1990 for direct recruitment through OPSC were also approved by the Cabinet.

This apart the Cabinet also decided to ensure guarantee in favour of Aska Cooperative Sugar Industries Ltd for borrowing cash credit loan and payment of cane dues to sugarcane growers while proposal for waiver of land premium and other dues for installation of RADAR Station in Ganjam district by Airports Authority of India and sanction of lease of Government land to AAI for development of Jharsuguda Airport also got the Cabinet nod.

The Cabinet also approved Odisha Agricultural Engineering Service (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2018 to strengthen Agricultural Engineering Cadre and Odisha Service of Auditors (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2017 for promotion of Treasury auditors.

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