Odisha Cabinet approves Land Grant policy

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 31:

The Odisha cabinet today gave its approval to General Administration (GA) department’s Land Grant Policy for Bhubaneswar -2015 and 11 other proposals of different departments.

Chief Secretary GC Pati briefing newsmen after the Cabinet meeting
Chief Secretary GC Pati briefing newsmen after the Cabinet meeting in Bhubaneswar.

The state government had formed a Cabinet sub-committee to give recommendations on land allotments in the capital city to which the Cabinet gave its approval to the draft proposal of the Cabinet sub-committee.

“The Cabinet has given its approval to General Administration (GA) department’s Land Grant Policy for Bhubaneswar -2015. The new policy will be applicable to allotment of land for residential and commercial purposes in the city. Land to individuals will no longer be allotted through the GA department. Land for residential purposes in the city will be allotted through BDA, BMC and cooperative housing societies. Though no land will allotted to individuals for residential purposes by the GA department which can be only done through auctions, there can be exceptions in some cases”, chief secretary GC Pati told newsmen after the meeting.

Besides, the Cabinet approved proposals for amendments to the State Prosecution Service Rules and Upper Indravati Lift Canal System project at a cost of Rs 757.8 crore.

“The Cabinet has approved a proposal for restructuring and re-strengthening of command area development of Water Resources department. Presently more stress is being laid on command area development for the purpose a chief engineer command area will be created from the existing cadre. A proposal for execution of mega lift canal system of Upper Indravati project”, said Pati.

“Tender of another mega lift irrigation project to irrigate 24,000 hectares in Bargarh, Sambalpur and Jharsuguda was also approved the Cabinet. This is one of the 175 mega lift irrigation schemes planned by the government. Already work on 28 such projects is on. Out of the 28 projects, tender was completed for 19 projects in one cluster for which the estimated cost was kept at Rs 556 crore.
L&T had quoted L1 at Rs 514.89 which was approved by the Cabinet today”, said Pradip Jena, principal secretary, Water Resources.

The Cabinet also approved  a corpus fund of Rs 100 crore for pre-positioning of fertilisers in the state to provide it to farmers during the Kharif and Rabi seasons. Out of Rs 100 crore corpus, Rs 75 crore will given to Markfed and Rs 25 crore will be given to Odisha Agro Industries Corporation.

“The major stumbling block in improving fertiliser consumption is the availability of fertilisers at the right time and right place. Odisha State Co-operative Marketing Federation (OSCMF) and Odisha Agro Industries Corporation (OAIC) will be involved in procurement and supply of fertilisers to the farmers through the corpus fund. The move is likely to enhance fertilizer consumption in the state,” the chief secretary said.

He also said the cabinet gave its nod for creation of a corpus fund of Rs 100 crore for pre-positioning quality seed and planting materials by the institutional agencies and supplying them to farmers on time.

State agencies Odisha State Seeds Corporation Ltd (OSSC), OAIC and Odisha State Cashew Development Corporation Ltd (OSCDC) will be involved in this to ensure adequate quantity of seeds and planting material for the farmers.

Besides, the Cabinet also approved the proposal for setting up of an Open University in Sambalpur.

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