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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Odisha Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday gave its approval to 16 projects in the State.

Some of the major decisions taken in the cabinet meet included giving post-facto approval for restructuring of the Odisha Finance Service (OFS) cadre through creation and upgradation of some posts in various offices. With restructuring, the cadre strength of OFS has increased from 912 to 1016.

The cabinet approved to lease out 18.23 acre land for establishment of permanent campus of IIM, Sambalpur and 20 acres each for Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Centre & Research Institute and Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre in Bhubaneswar.

It also gave its nod for "Renovation and Restoration of Upper Indravati Right Main Canal under CLSRP at a cost of Rs 148.12 crore, which is planned to be completed in 24 months.

The Cabinet also proposed to form The Odisha Jail or Correctional Ministerial Services Rules 2021.

There is no provision for promotion of Group-D employees of Sub-ordinate offices of Prisons Organisation to Group-C Posts. In the absence of the provision, Group-1D employees of Sub-ordinate offices were deprived of getting promotion to Group-C posts despite having the requisite qualification and service experience. Group D employees have their long standing demand for promotion to Group-C posts. They are often expressing their discontentment and agony for not getting promotion.

Similarly, the Odisha Fire Service (Methods of Recruitment and Conditions of Service of the Group officers) Rules, 2021 has been framed under Sub-section (1), read with, Clause (C) of sub-section (2) of Section 26 of Odisha Fire Service Act, 1993 . The Odisha Fire Service Group C cadre consists of the posts such as Fireman, Fireman Driver, Helper Fireman, Leading Fireman, Driver Havildar, Havildar Mechanic, Assistant Station Officer & Havildar Major.

In another major decision, the State government has framed Draft Odisha Private Security Agencies Rules, 2021 conforming to the Private Security Agencies Central Model Rules, 2020 and in supersession of the Odisha Private Security Agencies Rules, 2009.

This will facilitate submission of online as well as offline applications for licence under the Private Securities Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, receipt of licence fees online and verification of character and antecedents of the applicants utilizing electronic database. Further, it will also facilitate grant of licence within the time frame stipulated in the Act and ease of doing business.

The government has amended Odisha Labour Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of services) Rules, 2019 to exclude the mandatory requirement of departmental examination for the Assistant Labour Officers (Regular) who have joined the cadre of Odisha Labour Service before commencement of the rules.

By virtue of this, the vacant posts of District Labour Officers can be filled up for better citizen centric service.

The Government of Odisha has taken a decision for implementation of Shree Mandira Parikrama Project in the Heritage city of Puri under Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture (ABADHA) scheme.

Cabinet has approved the lowest turnkey tender of TATA Projects Limited amounting to Rs 331.28 Crore for execution of the Shree Mandir Parikrama Project. The work is targeted for completion within a period of 18 calendar months.

Odisha cabinet also approved thr framing of Odisha Food Testing Laboratory Cadre (Methods of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2021 to regulate the method of recruitment, promotion and conditions of service of the person appointed to the different posts of the State Food Testing Laboratory, Bhubaneswar.

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