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Suryakant Jena

The Odisha State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gave go-ahead to as many as 17 major proposals on Monday including some key decisions pertaining to the departments of Finance, Food Supplies, GA, Home, and others.

Here Are The Key Highlights:--

1. The State Government has enhanced its contribution towards (National Pension Scheme) from 10% to 14% in respect of employees covered under NPS. This will be effective from 01.04.2019. Around 2.08 lakhs employees will be benefited from the decision.

2. The Cabinet has approved to bring Police Ministerial Officers under the ambit of Odisha Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1962, in order to bring in uniformity in the pay structure of Ministerial Officers across the State.

3. Cabinet has also given nod to Amendment to the Odisha Secretariat Stenographers' and Personal Assistants' (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1997 which will pave way for the entry of the huge pool of eligible graduates with typewriting and computer skills into the sector.

4. Framing of some new Cadre Rules

  • The Odisha Legal Metrology Service (Method of Recruitment and conditions of Services) Rules, 2021 to enable smooth management and functioning of the Odisha Legal Metrology Organization in the State.
  • Odisha Civil Supplies Market Intelligence Service (Recruitment and Condition of Service) Rules, 2021 has been framed

5. Cabinet approved the proposal to amend the Contractual Appointment Rules, 2013. Contractual government employees will henceforth be called ‘Initial appointees’ and the staff in Group B, C and D category of posts will be benefitted by the move.

6. Cabinet has approved the Food and Procurement Policy for KMS 2021-22 to regulate all aspects of paddy and rice procurement with a tentative target for procurement of 52 lakh Metric Tonne (LMT) of rice.

7. Approval of the Annual Report of the Lokayukta for the year 2020.

8. Amendment to the Odisha Group "B", Group "C" and Group "D" posts (Contractual Appointment) Rules, 2013.

9. Clearance of rural piped drinking water projects from JMM Funding.

  • Ganjam -- 2 projects with lowest tender of Rs 325 crore to cover 6,64,313 people of 304 villages under 86 GPs of 4 blocks of the district.
  • Rayagada -- 2 projects with lowest tender of Rs 298 crore to benefit 1,57,147 people of 474 villages under 28 GPs of 2 blocks of the district.
  • Boudh and Kandhamal -- 2 projects with lowest tender of Rs 657 crore to benefit 2,79,105 people of 975 villages under 71 GPs of 7 blocks of the districts

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