Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 8:
The Odisha cabinet today decided to provide grant-in-aid to private colleges established by 2008.
Earlier, colleges established before 2003 used to get 40% grant-in-aid from the state government. From now on, colleges established between 2003 and 2008 will also be eligible for 40% grant-in-aid from the government. An additional 46 colleges will benefit under the new arrangement.
A proposal to amend the Odisha Minor Minerals Concession Rules 2004 also got the approval of the cabinet following which the government will do away with the existing provision of auctions for mining of minor minerals like sand, bajuri etc. Instead, the area will now be leased out to the applicant for a minimum period of five years on submission of mining plan. Earlier there was no provision for submission of a mining plan for extraction of such minor minerals.
The cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, decided to defer elections to cooperative bodies in the state by another six months. It decided to promulgate an ordinance for the purpose.
A proposal to levy wealth tax in urban areas also got the approval of the cabinet in today’s meeting. Wealth tax will be levied on unit basis.
The cabinet also approved waiver of Rs 5, 0225 crore water tax due on Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC).
Another proposal to allot free government land to some educational institutions got the cabinet’s approval.
Prominent among them are 30 acres for a central university at Sunabeda; 5 acres for IGNOU at Semiliguda; 5 acres for a model ITI at Dadhapatna in Barang area and 2.90 acres to Geological Survey of India (GSI) near Jajpur to set up a laboratory.
The cabinet also approved framing of service rules for laboratory technicians and radiographers working under the Health department. There were no service rules for these category posts earlier.
Altogether 21 proposals received the cabinet’s approval at today’s meeting.