Vikash Sharma

Odisha Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Mohan Majhi on Wednesday approved five proposals including setting up a corpus fund for Odia Asmita.

After the Cabinet meeting, Mohan Majhi informed that to revive Odia Asmita and promotion and preservation of culture, art and heritage, the Cabinet has decided to create a corpus fund of Rs 200 crore.

Odia Asmita Bhawan, palm leaf manuscript museum, Odia translation akademy, development of Paika Rebellion Memorial, e-library and Odia chair at national and international universities to be set up. Similarly, efforts will be taken for international status for Bali Yatra and financial assistance for training in Odissi music and dance, said CM Majhi.

A detailed guideline will be prepared and a committee comprising experts will be formed. The corpus fund will be increased in future, said Majhi.

The Odisha Cabinet also announced a hike in the daily minimum wages of workers in various categories.

As per the decision, the minimum wage for unskilled workers has been increased from Rs 352 to Rs 450, from Rs 352 to Rs 500 for semi-skilled workers, and highly skilled will now get Rs 600, up from Rs 500. 

The state Cabinet also approved to include 6 lakh farmers of the state under the PM KISAN scheme.

Apart from this, the Cabinet also approved the proposal of the school and mass education department to recruit over 18,000 junior teachers in primary and upper primary schools as per the latest High Court orders.

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