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Odisha Govt to amend bauxite linkage policy

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Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to amend the Long-Term Bauxite Linkage policy and okayed three other important proposals.

After amendment, 70 per cent of the saleable stock of the bauxite would be made available for long-term linkage and the balance 30 per cent stock would be sold through national e-auction, said Chief Secretary AP Padhi after the Cabinet meeting held under Chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The Cabinet approved four pipe water supply projects worth Rs 551.78 crore for 5 years of operation, and maintenance would be executed by the NCC Ltd, Hyderabad selected. The project funded under OMDAC assistance will be implemented in EPC mode of contract within a period of 24 months. These projects will benefit around 2.34 lakhs of people in nine blocks in Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur districts.

The Cabinet also approved two pipe water supply projects worth Rs 360.60 crore to be executed by the Larsen and Toubro Ltd. The project will be implemented in EPC mode of contract and is mandated to be completed within a period of 24 months from the date of award of the work.

On successful implementation of these projects, over 4.22 lakhs people of 473 villages would get safe drinking water. While Rs 272.56 crore have been provisioned under the SFC grant, Rs 88.04 crore has been provisioned under the State Plan ‘Basudha’ for these projects.

Besides, the Cabinet too approved appointments of Brigadier (Retd) Laxmi Charan Patnaik as Chairman and Jagannath Mohanty as Member of Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC).

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