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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here today approved six proposals.

Talking to media persons after the meeting, chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said the Cabinet decided to name all Lift Irrigation (LI) projects after eminent female freedom fighter Parbati Giri, nicknamed as Mother Teresa of Western Odisha.

He said the upcoming LI projects in the state would come up at a cost of Rs 7600 crore of which the cabinet approved 13 projects. Of the 13 projects 8 LI projects would come up in eight block in Mayurbhanj district and one project for one block in Keonjhar district.

Besides, the Cabinet also approved mega sanitation project for Rourkela city, Padhi said.

He also said the Cabinet decided to extend Value Added Tax (VAT) relaxation on dal till March 31 next year.

Notably, the State Cabinet had approved a proposal to reduce VAT on pulses from 5 percent to 1 percent on June 28 this year.

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