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Tag: Government

7th Pay Commission Big Bonanza: Salary Hike Expected In 2021 From This Month

New Delhi: As we approach the beginning of another year, some good news is in store for the central government employees. The employees can start celebrating the New Year 2021 from today itself as they are most likely to take home an increased salary in 2021. The Narendra Modi-led Central government is expected to restore […]

MHA Issues SOPs For Indians Stranded Abroad Who Wish To Return

New Delhi: The government on Sunday issued a fresh Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for the return of Indians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus lockdown, saying it will be a paid service and preference will be given to people in distress including those who have lost their jobs and pregnant women. A similar SOP was […]

Odisha Govt Says IMD Forecast Getting Better With Time, Thanks 'Cyclone Man' Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday showered praises on the India Meteorological Department (IMD), saying weather forecast is getting better with time, a day after cyclone ‘Amphan’ rolled past its coast causing minimal damage in the state. The government thanked IMD’s Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra for accurate predictions. The IMD’s predictions on the cyclone’s trajectory, […]

Odisha Govt Will Be Responsible If Any Migrant Dies Travelling Home On Foot: LoP Pradipta Naik

Bhubaneswar: As thousands of migrants and other daily wage labourers continue to set out on foot to return to their homes in Odisha from different States and many others exiting Odisha for their homeward journey amid the nationwide lockdown, Leader of the Opposition, Pradipta Naik today stated that the State government will be responsible for […]

Odisha Urges Centre To Temporarily Suspend 'Shramik Special' Trains Due To Cyclone Amphan

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government urged the Centre to temporarily suspend the running of ‘Shramik Special’ trains to the state’s coastal districts in view of the impending cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ that is likely to intensify from Sunday. The request was made by Chief Secretary AK Tripathy on Saturday during a video conference with Cabinet Secretary Rajiv […]

Govt Should Focus On Releasing Money Directly Into Pockets Of People: Rahul Gandhi

Bhubaneswar: The focus of the Centre should be to feed the hungry so that they can tide through the tough situation arising out of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while addressing regional media on Saturday. Responding to a question by OTV News Editor Radhamadhab Mishra on Prime Minister Narendra […]

Odisha To Organise Camps To Help MSME Units Avail Benefit Of Centre's Package

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday decided to organise camps in industrial estates to spread awareness among MSME units about the economic package announced by the Centre for the sector. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A K Tripathy where it was observed that the Micro, Small and Medium […]

Testing Capacity For COVID-19 Scaled Up To 95,000 Per Day: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: The testing capacity for COVID-19 has been scaled up to around 95,000 tests per day and a total of 15,25,631 tests have been conducted so far across 332 government and 121 private laboratories, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday. The minister, who reviewed the status of COVID-19 in the northeastern states […]

Lockdown Delays Commercial Coal Mining Auction To July, Govt Finalises Bid Document

New Delhi: After more than five-year wait, the government may finally throw open the doors of the regulated coal sector for commercial mining by the private sector comprising both Indian and overseas miners in July. Government sources said that draft rules, bid documents and agreements for commercial mining has been prepared and finalised and it […]

Govt To Evacuate 15,000 Indians From 12 Countries This Week

New Delhi: Around 15,000 Indian nationals evacuated by the Central government from 12 countries are expected to land in India in the next one week. The evacuation of Indians is part of the relief measures provided to Indian nationals amid a country-wide lockdown which has been imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Official […]

No Subsidy For Domestic LPG Customers Onwards May

New Delhi: Lower global oil prices have not helped reduce auto fuel prices for consumers but it has saved the government from paying subsidy on cooking gas cylinder into the accounts of household beneficiaries. From May, the government will not be paying subsidy into the accounts of domestic LPG customers in all metros under the […]

Big News On Reservation In Promotions For Government Jobs

New Delhi: The Government on Monday said it will make a statement on promotion in government jobs in the light of the recent Supreme Court ruling which said that states were not bound to make reservation in promotions for government jobs. Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot and the Leader of […]

Odisha Dissolves Governing Bodies Of Non-Govt Aided Degree Colleges

Bhubaneswar: Close on the heels of Higher Education Minister Arun Sahoo’s announcement to abolish the practice of inducting local MLAs and politicians in governing bodies of colleges, Odisha government today dissolved the governing bodies/managing committees of all non-government aided degree colleges. The announcement came through a notification by the Odisha government. “Government after careful consideration […]

After Koraput Building Mishap, Focus Back On Unsafe Structures In Odisha

Koraput: After the death of an 8-year-old boy in the Upper Kolab hydel project colony of Jeypore recently, concerns are now being flagged on the scores of government buildings lying in dilapidated condition in the State. According to sources, while there are 56 unsafe buildings in 14 blocks of the colony, the Water Resources department […]

Odisha govt officials asked to follow code of conduct during media interaction

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has instructed government officials to refrain from violating code of conduct during interaction with media, a letter regarding the same has been written by Principal Secretary to Government, Sanjeev Chopra, to the additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries, special secretaries, district collectors and other higher officials. Chopra has reiterated that Odisha Government […]

Odisha Speaker Directs Ex-MLAs To Vacate Govt Quarters Within 3 Days

Bhubaneswar: Reprimanding some former MLAs once again for not surrendering their government quarters, the Odisha Assembly speaker, Surjya Narayan Patro today directed the ex-legislators to vacate quarters within three days. As per reports, some sitting MLAs have also been asked to vacate the quarters for a proposed multi-storey building for legislators. In the meantime, these […]

OTV Impact: Help Pours In For Odisha Minor Girl Working As Labourer

Koraput: A day after OTV highlighted the plight of a minor girl struggling under acute poverty with her family in Koraput, the district administration today extended help to the 17-year-old Laxmi Nayak, who works as labourer to take care of three younger siblings. As per reports, Borigumma Block Development Officer (BDO) and Tehsildar visited Laxmi’s […]

Odisha's Transparency Push: Officials Review Public Service Delivery On Ground

Bhubaneswar: Almost a week after the implementation of ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative to collect feedback from the citizens on public service delivery, a team of the State government officials led by Secretary of Transformation and Initiatives (5T), VK Pandian visited District Headquarter Hospitals in Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur to take stock of the ground realities. They […]

Family Of Odisha Boy With 3 Legs Seeks Government Support

Balasore: “No mother should suffer such pain,” said Sukuri Behera, mother of 11-year-old Sudam, who has three legs since birth and can’t speak, hear or walk. Due to financial constraints, Sudam’s parents from Badapokhari village under Oupada block in Balasore district couldn’t afford medical treatment following which the boy suffered leg infection. Later, when some […]

Why 31 Lakh beneficiaries in Odisha are shying away from Aadhaar-Ration Card linking

Bhubaneswar: While the deadline for linking Aadhaar number with ration cards will be ending tomorrow, as many as 31 lakh beneficiaries are yet to complete the linking process. After the deadline, only beneficiaries with ration card linked to Aadhaar will get subsided Re1/kg rice under the public distribution system (PDS). Till August 3, while 2,85,22,459 […]

Reality Check! Do Odisha Govt Officials Reach Office On Time?

Bhubaneswar: Despite rescheduling of the working hours, Odisha government employees of various departments seem to be blatantly flouting the new timings. A reality check by OTV at the Heads of Departments building revealed that most of the employees are reaching late to their respective offices. In 20 departments, including the Department of Medical Education & […]

Odisha extends deadline for verification of KALIA beneficiaries

Bhubaneswar: As Odisha government has undertaken a drive to weed out ineligible beneficiaries from the KALIA scheme, today it increased the deadline for verification and scrutiny of beneficiaries listed under the scheme. Earlier, the last date for verification was August 9 which has now been extended to August 27, informed Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo. Out […]

Odisha Govt Effects Reshuffle In Bureaucracy

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today made some changes in the bureaucracy. As a part of the reshuffle, the current Director of Higher Education, Niranjan Sahu has been given additional charge as the Labour Commissioner. Director of Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Susanta Mohapatra has been appointed as Additional Secretary to Health & […]

Odisha reduces bonus for kendu Leaf pluckers, binders

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today reduced the bonus for kendu leaf pluckers from 100% to 50%, while for binders, the bonus was slashed from 20% to 10%. The decision regarding the same was taken at a meeting of the Kendu Leaf Development Board chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The bonus was reduced on account […]

Op-Ed: Ecotourism Boost A Welcome Move

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Ecotourism is the buzzword. Odisha government, too, seems keen to make the most of it having set aside Rs 7.7 crore in the current budget for infrastructure development at ecotourism sites. This sector has tremendous potential for revenue generation and the best thing about it is that local communities have a […]