Odisha Cabinet Nod To 20 Proposals

Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved crucial proposals including the industrial policy to irrigation project and ramping up infrastructure for COVID management.

Following the cabinet meeting, Chief Secretary, Asit Tripathy briefed the media on the 20 proposals which were got the Government’s nod today.

Below are the highlights of the Cabinet Meeting:

  • Tender for work of Gangadhar Meher Lift Irrigation Project approved. The project amounts to Rs 1,138.63 crore which will be completed in 30 months. The project will provide to 25,600 hectares of agricultural land in 124 villages in Bijepur, Sohela, Barpali and Dunguripali blocks.
  • Amendments have been made to Industrial Policy Resolution – 2007 and IPR – 2015. VAT, Entry Tax and Entertainment Tax related incentives are substituted by net SGST incentive. The fiscal benefit shall be made available to all eligible units.
  • Cabinet approved a proposal for providing Government Guarantee of Rs 1,500 crore for the loans already availed by GRIDCO during 2019-2020.
  • Discontinuation of Interview and/or viva-voce test for Group C posts under Odisha Civil Services.
  • Expansion of NIRMAL scheme (strengthening ancillary services in public health facilities) up to Primary Health Centre (PHC) level.
  • Four mega drinking water projects approved.
  • Establishment of State Health Assurance Society.
  • Amendment to Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act 1970: After today’s amendment, the Act shall be applicable to every establishment in which 50 or more workmen are employed. Contractors employing less than 50 contract labourers will not be required to obtain registration certificate or license.
  • Existing promotional quota (for Revenue Ministerial service) in Odisha Revenue Service increased from 30 per cent to 40 per cent.
  • Court-fees Act: Payment and refund of Court-fees through electronic mode.
  • Remission of stamp duty and registration fees on the document of Government land provided to oustees of Shree Jagannath Temple Security Corridor project.
  • Amendment to Factories Act: The threshold of factories with power aid is increased to 20 and those without power aid to 40 from 10 and 20 respectively; The Government may exempt new factories from the applicability of certain Sections of the Act for a period of 1,000 days; Overtime limit increased from 75 hours to 115 hours per quarter; Women can work in night shifts with their consent and proper safety measures; Reduction in number of days for which a worker has to work in a factory to avail leaves, from 240 days to 180 days.

Asit Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Odisha


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