By Bizodisha Bureau, Bhubaneswar, September 22, 2022: The Cabinet chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday took 33 important decisions relating to the departments of Water Resources, Law, Electronic and IT, Sports and Youth Services, Tourism, Industry, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Health and Family Welfare, Cooperation, Revenue and Disaster Management, Excise, Home, Steel and Mines, and Works.

Briefing reports after the end of the cabinet meeting, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said that major decisions included approval of the financial bids for construction of 40 Lift Irrigation Schemes with intake points on different rivers in the districts of Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh, Gajpati, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Angul and Cuttack.

Similarly, the Cabinet also approved the financial bids for execution of pressurized underground pipe line (UGPL) irrigation network system for left command of lower Suktel irrigation project with distribution network.

Mahapatra added that other important decisions included sanction of lease of 5 acre Government land free of premium for establishment of Central Research Institute in Homeopathy (CIRH), 50 acres of land in favour of Rajendra University for their infra development, and 3.125 acres of land for establishment of National Centre for Disease Control ( NCDC).

Proposal for 15% reservation of seats in Govt Physical Education Colleges for the students staying in Govt sports hostels along with revised funding for the State Level Sports Infrastructure Development scheme also received Cabinet nod.

The Odisha Cabinet also approved a budget of Rs 510 crore for construction of residential quarters for MLAs on Turnkey basis in Bhubaneswar.

Besides, long term linkage policy for limestone to the eligible State based end user industries, widening of Sonepur – Binika – Rampur – Dungurupali road in Subarnapur district, appointment of Members of Odisha Public Service Commission, restructuring of tourism service cadre, Odisha cooperative service cadre, formulation of cadre rule for newly created Odisha cooperative audit service cadre, District Police Ministerial Services Rules, amendment of Odisha Civil service Recruitment Rules, amendment of Odisha legal meteorology service rules, amendment of Odisha Judicial Service Rules, Odisha district and Sub-Ordinate Courts’ non-judicial staff services and Group-D employees rules were also approved in the Cabinet.

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