Odisha govt effects marginal hike in industrial power tariff

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Wednesday approved a marginal hike in the power tariff.

A decision to this effect was taken at the state cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat here.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, chief secretary GC Pati said the cabinet approved the amendment in the Electricity Duty Act, 1961.

“The state government had revised the power tariff in 2001 and 2006. However, in keeping with the changing circumstances and existing power tariff structure in other states, the cabinet has effected marginal hike by just one percent. However, there has been no change in the power tariff for agriculture and domestic consumers,” he added.

The chief secretary also informed that as regards captive consumption, there would be no electricity duty on power consumption up to 50 KV which will benefit the shop owners and domestic consumers.

Earlier the limit was 10 KV.

Giving details about the power tariff hike, Energy secretary Suresh Mohapatra said the power tariff for small industries has been increased from 4% to 5%, High Tension (HT) from 7% to 8%, Extra High Tension (EHT) from 8% to 9% and captive power plant (CPP) from 20 paise to 30 paise per unit.

“With this hike, the Energy department will have additional revenue generation of about Rs 300-350 crore”, Mohapatra said.

The cabinet also decided to revamp Sardar Rajas Medical College Hospital and Research Centre at Jaring in Kalahandi district.

“A total of 100 students had taken admission in this medical college in 2013-14. However, the Medical Council of India (MCI) did not allow admission students in this institution in 2014-15 citing infrastructure deficiency. However, following the intervention of the court, the Council allowed admission of 24 students in the same academic session. Since the private promoter could not run the institution properly, the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) has cancelled the MoU it had signed with it,” Development Commissioner UN Behera said.

To ensure uninterrupted study of the 124 students of this medical college, it has been decided that the students would be accommodated in three private medical colleges and hospital in Bhubaneswar to complete their courses. In the meanwhile, the Health and Family Welfare department on behalf of the state government would sign a fresh MoU with another private partner to run the institute. The state government has sought permission from the MCI in this regard, he added.

Besides, the Cabinet also approved a new Food & Procurement Policy for Kharif crops.
Under the new procurement policy, the State government has decided to extend the online payment system for the farmers to 160 blocks while in the remaining blocks, the payment will be done through cheques.

The state government has decided to strengthen district level procurement system in all districts.
As per the decision taken at the cabinet meeting, teachers of Tribal Welfare Residential (TRW) schools will be treated at par with Teachers of School and Mass Education Department.

The cabinet also approved the implementation of Odisha PVTG Empowerment & Livelihood Improvement Programme (OPELIP). Under the programme, the cadre of the teachers of the tribal schools would be made at par with the School and Mass Education teachers.