Ramakanta Biswas

In a major decision, the Odisha Cabinet on Monday increased the upper age limit for recruitment of candidates appearing for State government jobs from existing 32 years to 38 years. 

The important decision has been taken in the State cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. As many as 12 key proposals have been approved in the meeting. 

Briefing about the cabinet decision, Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra said, “The upper age limit for various recruitments of the State government was 32 years. However, the State Cabinet has approved to increase the upper age limits from 32 to 38 years. The relaxation in the upper age limits will be initially applicable for three years- 2021, 2022 and 2023.”

“The upper age limit for candidates belonging to SC/ST and SEBC categories have been increased to 43 years. Similarly, the upper age limit will be 43 years for women candidates,” Mohapatra said.

In the case of General PwD candidates, the Upper Age Limit has been raised by 10 years and fixed at 48 years while for SC/ST/SEBC PwD candidates (including women) have Upper Age Limit of 53 years.  

The CS said the decision was taken to enable the youths who could not appear the recruitment examinations because of covid situation, and run out of age during last two years.  

The Chief Minister gave nod to Odisha non-Government colleges, Junior colleges and higher Secondary schools grant-in order 2022. The Cabinet also approved the tender proposals of mega pipe water supply schemes for Samakhunta, Kaptipada and Baripada block of Mayurbhanj district; Banki, Dampada Baranga of Cuttack district; Jujumora, Maneswar Naktideula, Rairakhol blocks of Sambalpur district; and Saraskana, Kuliana and Bangiriposi blocks of Mayurbhanj district.

Chief Secretary Mahapatra said that construction of these pipe water supply schemes would be completed in two years from the time of the execution agreement.