Odisha Cabinet Approves 22 Proposals

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Bhubaneswar: The State cabinet on Friday approved as many as 22 major proposals for the larger benefit of women, migrants and farmers of the State.

Addressing the presser after the Cabinet meeting Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said that, Rs 17000 crore will be spent between June 2020 and March 2021 for livelihood of migrant workers on a war footing.

The Chief Secretary said all tourism projects including hotels, restaurants will be allotted land through IDCO.

Earlier, land for these projects was provided by IDCO as well as District Collectors, now only IDCO will provide such land, he added.

A proposal for recognising undergraduate courses in Agriculture and allied subjects as professional degree courses was approved by the Cabinet, Tripathy said. This will enhance their employability, he added.

Aska Co-operative Sugar Industries Ltd was given a guarantee of Rs 15 crore to avail cash credit loan. Aska Co-op Central Bank had already drawn the amount. Cabinet today gave post facto nod, informed Tripathy.

Tripathy further stated that Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) was transferred to State Energy department for better management of renewable sources of power to draw better projects and investments in the State.

An ordinance on Agricultural Produce & Livestock Contract Farming and Services Promotion and Facilitation Act 2020 sponsored by the Cooperation Department was given post facto approval by the Cabinet, the Chief Secretary informed.

State Cabinet also approved a proposal for setting up a permanent NDRF company headquarters on 3.50 acre land near PD village under Sadar tehsil of Balasore district. The cabinet also granted permission to allow workers to work for 115 hours of overtime in 3 months.

Similarly, women workers can now be engaged in all small and large scale industries, he added.

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