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Ramakanta Biswas

The Odisha Cabinet on Monday decided to provide 618.665 acres of government land to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar free of cost. 

The land in Aragul mouza of Jatni and other areas will be provided free of premium and incidental charges subject to payment of Rs 100 per acre per annum towards annual ground rent and cess @ 75% of annual ground rent, according to a release issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department. 

The State Cabinet also put its stamp on the allotment of additional land of 2 acres to National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) adjacent to its campus free of cost on long term basis and payment of Rs 4,58,25,353 to IDCO towards the land cost including land rent and land cess, IMC and processing fee by the State government.

The amendment to the Odisha Civil Services (Combined Competitive Recruitment Examination) Rules, 1991 which will enable the OPSC to conduct recruitment for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Excise through Combined Competitive Recruitment Examination has also received the nod of the State Cabinet.

The Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved as many as 12 major proposals relating to the departments of handloom, textiles and handicrafts, general administration and public grievances, higher education, panchyati raj and drinking water and revenue and disaster management. 

Five mega drinking water projects worth Rs 1,336 crore under the Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC) and Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) for districts like Mayurbhanj, Cuttack and Sambalpur have been given green signal.

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

The Chief Minister also gave nod to Odisha non-Government colleges, Junior colleges and higher Secondary schools grant-in order 2022.

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