21 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: In a major decision by the Odisha Cabinet on Monday, an amount of Rs 3,208 crore was granted for development of Puri Heritage City projects for the next three years. The Cabinet also laid the outlay for the ABADHA (Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture) scheme in Puri. In 2019-20 - Rs 719 crore, 2020-21 - Rs 1,402 crore, 2021-22 - Rs 1,087 crore will be spent.
The Cabinet today okayed the exclusion of Gobardhan Math in Puri from the purview of Odisha Hindu Religious Endowments Act, 1951. This has been done with a sole object of vesting the management related affairs of the said Math to Jagadguru Shankaracharya. “The proposed amendment shall better upkeep the religious pre-eminence and importance of the holy institution,” Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said.
Additionally, the Aviation Branch dealing with connectivity was transferred to the Transport and Commerce Department. Earlier the Aviation Branch of the Odisha Government was under the General Administration Department.
This has been done to ensure better connectivity, foster regional economic growth, and promotion of opportunities across the regions.
Announcing this approval Tripathy said, "Considering the growing importance of the Civil Aviation Sector and the role it plays in influencing lives of common citizens and for effective administration and development of a well-knit system, the entire connectivity network has been brought under a single Department which is the Commerce and Transport."
The Cabinet also approved other major proposals in one go today. These are:
*Proposal for bringing 19 educational complexes meant for PVTGs under the Administrative control of ST & SC Development Department at par with educational establishments
*Formulation of new rule for recruitment rule for the Odisha Labour Service Cadre - Odisha Labour Service (Method of Recruitment and conditions of service) Rules 2019.
*Formation of Odisha Ministerial Services (method of recruitment and conditions of service) for posts in the Chief Engineer establishments under the Department of Water Resources.
*Amendment of the Odisha Ministerial Services (method of recruitment and conditions of service of junior assistants, senior assistants, section officers) Rules 2019.
*Four individual rural piped water supply projects under one package to provide safe drinking water to mining-affected areas of Jajpur, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts out of OMBADC funding.
*Two individual rural piped water supply projects under one package to provide safe drinking water in Deogarh district out of NRDWP funding.
*Two individual piped water supply projects under one package to provide safe drinking water to water scarcity areas of Dhenkanal district out of BASUDHA funding.
The Cabinet also consented the proposal to abolish application fee, user fee and DeGS charges from citizens for issue of Resident, Income, Income & Asset (for EWS), Legal Heir, Guardianship, ST, SC, SEBC and OBC certificates.