Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today cleared some important proposals including upgradation of the Bhubaneswar-based Asian School of Business Management (ASBM) to a university.

This apart, the cabinet has also cleared an amendment to the Secretariat Data Entry Operator (DEO) cadre rules. As per the new norms, the DEOs will have two more layers for promotion.

Five tenders for rural drinking water projects have been approved while provision for supply of fresh and clean drinking water to saline areas of Bhadrak have also been cleared by the Cabinet. The project will be implemented at a cost of around Rs 754 crore and will benefit people of as many as 5 blocks of Bhadrak district.

Likewise, the cabinet has also approved drinking water projects worth Rs 979 crore for Keonjhar district, Rs 708 crore for mining-affected areas of Angul district and Rs 315 crore for Dhenkanal district.

Chief Secretary AP Padhi said, "Decision has been taken to upgrade ASBM, a management school in Bhubaneswar to an university. Besides, under the rural pipe water supply scheme, five separate tenders have received the cabinet approval today."