Odisha Cabinet approves 23 proposals

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet on Thursday approved 23 proposals in a 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 proposals of the Energy department on amendment in the ongoing schemes of Biju Gram Jyoti Yojana (BGJY) and Biju Saharanchal Vidyutikaran Yojana (BSVY). The cabinet decided to increase assistance to each BPL household in rural areas from Rs 2000 to Rs 3000 while for each BPL household in urban areas, the amount has been revised from Rs 2200 to Rs 3000.

Besides, the cabinet also approved a proposal of the Industries department in the amendment of the Industrial Policy Resolution (IPR), 2007.

Under IPR, 2007, there was a provision for facilitation of VAT reimbursement to the new thrust sector and priority sector industries which have done the expansion, modernisation and diversification of their units. But there was no such facility for the industries coming under the categories which had done these works earlier. Taking note of this, the cabinet allowed these industries to avail VAT reimbursement facility.

Among others, the cabinet gave its approval to a proposal on the amendment of the Odisha Excise Subordinate Service Rules for relaxation in the physical requirement for the candidates to be appointed under rehabilitation scheme.

The cabinet also approved a proposal of the Works department for fresh tender for improvement of Jagatpur-Nischintkoili-Duhuria road under the financial assistance of the World Bank. The estimated tender for Jagatpur-Nischintkoili (25 km) and Nischintkoili-Duhuria 24 km) is Rs 107.38 crore and Rs 97.89 crore respectively. The work would be completed in 18 months.

This apart, the state cabinet also approved the recommendation of the report of Justice SK Mohanty Commission of Inquiry into the police firing at Bagalpur village under Olatpur police station limits under Cuttack Sadar on August 23, 2010 and the report of Justice Pradyumna Kumar Mohanty Commission of Inquiry into the death of four devotees in a stampede inside Shri Jagannath temple in Puri on November 4, 2006.

Replying to the steps taken by the state government as per the recommendation of Justice PK Mohanty, principal secretary, home Asit Kumar Tripathy said the temple administration has installed seven CCTVs inside the temple while the work is underway to install two more CCTVs within a week.

As per the recommendation of the Commission, there would be two police assistance booths inside the temple. Besides, the temple administration has initiated the process to provide identity card to each servitor. It has also put up barricades along the Baishi Pahacha inside the temple for one-way movement of the devotees to avoid rush.

“Besides, to avoid stampede like situation, steps would be taken to regulate the number of Paramanik darshan during the Mangala Alati of the Lords”, Tripathy informed.

He also said that as per the report of the chief administrator of Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), the state government has taken action against two senior servitors of the temple for violation of rules during Nabakalebara this year.

The cabinet also approved the proposal of the Water Resources department for three mega irrigation projects. Giving details, secretary of the department PK Jena said the cabinet approved a mega lift irrigation project of Rs 382.95 crore for irrigation of 16,750 hectares of land in Cuttack district, a mega irrigation project to irrigate 16,200 hectares in Deogarh, Angul and Sundergarh districts at a cost of Rs 384 crore and another project for irrigation of 15,593 hectares of land in Jajpur and Kendrapara districts at the cost of 325.98 crore.

“The department has awarded the tender for construction of these three mega projects to Larsen and Taubro (L&T) which will be completed in 30 months”, Jena added.

The cabinet also gave its nod to a proposal on allotment of land without any charges for setting up of the second campus of NIRTAR in Balangir district. It also approved allotment of 3.55 acre for establishment of STPI and IT related industries in Rourkela and land free of cost to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) to set up two observatories at Keonjhar and Chandbali.

The Cabinet also cleared a proposal regarding changes in the District Planning Committee. As per the proposal, a woman will hold the committee’s chairman or deputy chairman post. Similarly, a minister or MLA will be the chairman of the committee.
The district planning panel will have 80% elected members of which 50% will be reserved for women.

Besides, the cabinet also approved a proposal of the Health department on the amendment of Clinical Establishment Act, 1991. As per the new amendment, the process of registration of health clinics has been simplified. The validity of registration will be for five years.

As informed by the secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Arati Ahuja, instruction has been given to all health clinics to ensure necessary infrastructure like fire safety and emergency treatment.

“Besides, the department has asked the clinics to provide free treatment to BPL category patients if they are set up on government land”, she said, adding that the order would be applicable for the clinics having less than four beds.

Violation of the rules would result in a penalty up to Rs 5 lakh or with a jail term, she added.

For appointment of teachers in VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla, the cabinet approved a proposal of the Health department to receive application from the teachers under Medical Education Services.