Cabinet nod for new cadre to manage traffic

Bhubaneswar: Odisha cabinet on Friday recommended to form a new Odisha Transport Traffic Enforcement Cadre for the smooth functioning of traffic in state. While there will be 52 squads in the cadre, as many as five policemen would be placed under each squad.

The cabinet which discussed on as many as 17 topics has also agreed to amend the Odisha Government Land Settlement Act, 1962 empowering the state government to take back any given land, if the said land is not used for the stated purpose within 3 years.

According to sources, the cabinet resolved to provide land for AIIMS-Bhubaneswar at the premium of Re1 per decimal. Classes at the premier institute have started from last year and patients are expected to avail medical services at the hospital by July, according to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who visited the institute two days back.  

In a major relief to government contractual workers in the state, the cabinet approved to regularize all contractual workers completing 6 years in service. The decision is expected to benefit nearly 40,000 workers in the state.

The Friday cabinet decision mandates name of both father and mother in the birth certificate of their child. It also decided to merge all the 11 gram panchayats of Kudumuluguma block with Chitrakonda block in Malkangiri district to facilitate the people.