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First ever in 17 years of rule Odisha Chief Minister chaired a Cabinet meeting outside the state capital

Puri:27/12/17; First ever in 17 years of rule, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today chaired a Cabinet meeting outside the state capital Bhubaneswar.

The Cabinet meeting which was held at Circuit House in Puri ended up with several key decisions including the proposal to form heritage cabinet, Odia Language Commission along with quinquennial organization of Odia Language Summit, waving of course fee for Odia language studies at the College and University level,

 

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Some of the other major decisions taken were to form a separate Odia Language and Culture Department which is currently functioning with the Tourism Department, increase in PHD seats in Odia language under different universities in the state, waving of course fee for Odia language studies at the College and University level and relaxation of norms under Vyasakabi Fakir Mohan Senapati Scholarship.

In a bid to make the use of Odia mandatory, the Cabinet also provided its nod to form a new law by bringing necessary amendment in the Orissa Shops and commercial Establishments Act (1956). The defaulters would be punishable under the new law. Similarly, a proposal for necessary amendment in the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954 to reward officials using Odia language in all government works also got passed during the meeting.

Naveen who arrived in the religious town to attend the 20th Foundation Day celebration of BJD held at Talabania as well as to chair the Cabinet meeting in the holy town Puri, began his day by paying obeisance at the Lord Jagannath Temple.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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