Odisha cabinet clears 18 proposals, to form land bank for industries

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet at a meeting here on Monday approved 18 proposals.

The meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here, approved a proposal of the Industries department to constitute a land bank to set up new industries.

The cabinet also cleared two proposals of the Health and Family Welfare department to ensure transparent recruitment and promotion rules for two cadres of staff by effecting some changes in the Vital Statistics Clerk Service Method of Recruitment Conditions Service Rules, 2015 and the Odisha Ministerial Services for Drugs Controller, the chief secretary said.

He also said the Cabinet also approved new pension schemes of the Finance department under the Odisha Civil Services Pension Rules.

The new pension scheme will be applicable to those who have been appointed as contract employees in which these employees would pay 10 percent of their salary amount while the government will pay 10 percent.

Apart from this, the Cabinet also approved a proposal of the Cooperation department for construction of 2601 godowns in the state which will solve the problem of storage of paddy the department has procured from the farmers.

For construction of these godowns, the state government would get the loan of Rs 742 crore from Warehousing Infrastructure Fund of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Another proposal by the Odisha Excise department for amendment in the Odisha Excise Service Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service-Group A officers Rules has been approved by the Cabinet as per the recommendation of the Naidu Commission to strengthen Excise administration for which there was a requirement of more officials in the rank of senior joint commissioner, the chief secretary pointed out.

Similarly, the Cabinet also approved the proposal of the Fisheries and Animal Resources department for two amendments in the recruitment rules category in Odisha Veterinary Technical Service, Group-C and Odisha Veterinary Technical Service, Group-C Recruitment of Conditions Service to regularise the service of the Go Mitras if they apply for any regular post. However, the age limit of the Go Mitras should not be more than 45, Pati pointed out. Besides, another amendment has been made in the rules about the training duration of the Go Mitras, he added.

The cabinet also cleared four proposals of the Revenue and Disaster Management department for amendment in the Odisha Ministerial Services Rules Service Conditions of the clerks working in the district offices. Under the new amendment, the eligibility criteria for recruitment of the district level clerks would henceforth be Plus Two instead of Class X while their recruitment would be done through the Subordinate Staff Commission.

This apart, the Cabinet also approved two proposals of the Revenue department for allotment of one acre of land for Puri for establishment of a self-employment training institute which is generally set up on behalf of the bank in each district. Since there is no such institute in Puri district, the cabinet decided to allot one acre of land to Uco Bank free of premium.

Besides, it cabinet approved allotment of five acre of land in Athagarh tehsil to Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad for establishment of its regional centre free of premium and free of annual rent and cess.

The chief secretary also informed that two proposals of the Housing and Urban Development department were also approved by the Cabinet.

He said as per the amendment in the Odisha Town Planning Service Rules, post graduation in Town Planning is necessary.

Besides, the Cabinet also approved the proposal of the General Administration department to allot one acre land to National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) to set up a zonal office in Odisha with a nominal premium of Rs 1 lakh. Earlier, the excess land was under the School and Mass Education department which it later surrendered to the GA department.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal of the Home department on the report of the Commission of Inquiry consisting of Additional District Judge-cum-Special Judge, Vigilance, Berhampur, inquiring into the incident of police firing in Phasipada village of Ganjam district on March 31, 2012.

“The inquiry commission, in its report, had suggested two recommendations which was cleared by the Cabinet”, Pati added.

Besides, the proposal of the Water Resources department for constitution of a water conservation fund in which industries which have been allocated with water with more than one cusecs, will have to contribute a one-time amount of Rs 2.5 crore per cusec to the fund in five equal annual instalments.

The chief secretary also informed that the Cabinet decided to bring back the land given to South Korean steel major Posco to set up its guest house in Bhubaneswar. The land would be taken back by the GA department which had allotted it to the company.

Last but not the least, the Cabinet also approved a proposal for commencement of 15th session of the State Assembly from December 1.