Vikash Sharma

The Odisha Cabinet headed by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday cleared 13 proposals. 

Among the proposals which got the Cabinet nod, the state government has announced to increase the upper limit for the Odisha Civil Services (OCS).

As per the decision, the upper age limit has been increased to 38 from 32. This has been done to provide ample opportunity to participate in recruitment examinations for the calendar year 2024.

Earlier, the state government had increased the upper age limit from 32 to 38 for the advertisements made during 2021, 2022 and 2023 for entry into Government service.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Odisha government has framed new Recruitment Rules for different cadres. Seven Combined Recruitment Examination Rules have been notified wherein new syllabus and pattern of exams have been incorporated.

In the OCS recruitment exams, the number of attempts has also been increased.

Other Proposals Which Got Cabinet Nod

Odisha Lower Excise Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service of Assistant Sub-inspector of Excise) Rules, 2023.

Restructuring of Treasury District Ministerial Cadre and Framing of the Odisha Treasury Ministerial Service (Method of Recruitment and Condition of Service) Rules, 2023 and Odisha Sub-Ordinate Finance (Treasury Branch) Rules, 2023.

Proposal for allotment of land to Public Health Foundation of India for establishment of a permanent campus of Indian Institute of Public Health at Bhubaneswar approved.

Amendment of Odisha Fire Service (Methods of Recruitment and Conditions of Service of Group C Officers) Rules 2021.

Odisha Chief Secretary PK Jena informed that the Cabinet also approved procurement of 200 new E-Buses which will be added to the fleet of MO Bus by CRUT to strengthen urban mobility in Capital Region of Bhubaneswar.

Proposal for implement of LED Public street lighting project in 110 Urban Local Bodies in Odisha was approved at an estimated bidding cost of Rs 312.18 crore.

Proposal for amendment of Odisha Information & Public Relations Technical and Non Technical Service (Method of Recruitment and conditions of service) Amendment Rules, 2023 was approved. 

Rs 214Cr more allocated for 'Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha' 

The budgetary allocation for Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha was hiked by Rs 214 crore for publicity and advertisement of the programme. With additional allocation, the total cost of the programme rose to Rs 4,214 crore. The proposal to increase the fund allocation got the Cabinet nod, said Chief Secretary Pradip Kumar Jena.

He added that the inaugural ceremony of the Srimandir Parikrama Prkalap is part of 'Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha' programme. The additional funds allocated for 'Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha' programme will be utilised for wide publicity of the Jagannath culture, various development works, schemes and policies of the government.   

After the inauguration of Srimandir Parikrama Prakalp, select people will be brought from each block to Puri for the darshan of the deities. This is part of the publicity and advertisement of the Jagannath culture, Jena stated.

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