Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cabinet today gave its stamp of approval to 22 proposals put before it, informed Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy today.
Briefing the media persons after the Cabinet meeting Tripathy said that 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 declaring 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.
The Chief Secretary said that the Cabinet today gave its post facto nod to a proposal to stand guarantee for Aska Co-operative Sugar Industries Ltd to avail a cash credit loan of Rs 15 crore.
Aska Co-op Central Bank has already drawn the amount, he added.
An ordinance Agricultural Produce & Livestock Contract Farming and Services Promotion and Facilitation 2020 sponsored by the Cooperation Department was given post facto approval by the Cabinet, the Chief Secretary informed.
“Through this Ordinance contract farming has been legalised. The Ordinance has several safeguards for the farmers considering them to be weak,” he clarified.
“Contract farming will be encouraged and other services will be brought under its purview which includes production, post-harvest, marketing. It will help agricultural entrepreneurs aggregate produce in a better manner. This will facilitate new investment in agriculture and it will be a win-win situation. A dispute settlement authority will be also set up. This is a very progressive step in the farm sector reforms,” he added.
State Cabinet has approved a proposal to lease 3.50 acre Government land in Hidigaon village under Sadar tehsil of Balasore district in favour of NDRF for stationing one company of 03 BN NDRF, Mundali at Balasore, said Tripathy.
The Chief Secretary said that the State Cabinet has approved a proposal allowing workers to work 115 hours overtime in 3 months.
Women workers can now be engaged in all small and large scale industries and the government has finalised detail guidelines for their safety and security during night hours, he added.
A proposal to transfer Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) which was earlier with Science and Technology department to Energy department was approved by the State Cabinet, Tripathy said.
“The objective behind this is better management of renewable energy sector and drawing investment in the sector-not only in solar energy which was our focus area but also in wind energy, wave and tidal energy, bio energy and big projects can be taken up,” he added.