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Cabinet gears for Make in Odisha, clears 21 proposals, 8 policies

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Bhubaneswar: The state cabinet on Tuesday approved as many as 21 different proposals and eight different policies including Renewable Energy policy and Handloom Apparel Policy.

A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was held today here at the Secretariat where discussions on the proposals were laid out.

A fund of about Rs 250 crore has been set up for attracting investment to the renewable energy sector. It would encompass both the manufacturing and the business aspects of the sectors, said Chief Secretary AP Padhi.

For improving the medical facilities in western Odisha proposals for better health care has been laid out. The government will encourage private medicals in the backward districts. It has decided to levy a subsidy of about 30 per cent to any 100 seater based hospital which will provide good health care, Padhi said.

Besides, the stamp duty on women has been lowered from 5 to 4 per cent. Similarly, proposal on salary increment for grant in aid teachers have also been approved by the cabinet. A hike of about 25 per cent will be effected with yearly increment of three per cent, said Padhi.

Likewise a proposal on setting up a higher education council in state has been approved which will be headed by the higher education minister himself besides a vice chairman and 15 other members who will also be a part of it.

Odisha tourism policy has been cleared by the cabinet. Proposal on setting up a cyber forensic unit as part of cyber forensic amendment policy has been cleared while a DNA testing laboratory will be established to reinforce investigation, chief secretary said.

Other proposals and policies like bio-technology policy, Odisha Official language service, reformations in pharma sectors have also been approved during the cabinet meeting.

Notably, the meeting holds relative importance with Make in Odisha up around the corner in November 30th some important investment and business friendly policies were required to be put up.

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