Bhubaneswar:298/5/20: As Odisha continues to tackle COVID-19 crisis, the State cabinet on Friday approved as many as 22 major proposals for the larger benefit of women, migrants and farmers of the State.
In a press briefing today, Chief Secretary, Asit Tripathy said, Rs 17000 crore will be spent between June 2020 and March 2021 for livelihood of migrant workers on a war footing. All tourism projects including hotels, restaurants will get land from IDCO. One of South Odisha’s prominent industries, Aska Co-operative Sugar Industries Ltd was given a guarantee of Rs 15 crore to avail cash credit loan. Aska Co-op Central Bank had already drawn the amount. Cabinet today gave post facto nod, informed Tripathy.
Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) was transferred to State Energy department for better management of renewable sources of power to draw better projects and investments in the State. In a major boost for farmers, contract farming to be encouraged. Services it will cover include production, post-harvest, marketing. It will help agricultural entrepreneurs aggregate produce in a better manner. New investment in agriculture will be a win-win situation for farmers. State Cabinet approved a proposal for setting up a permanent NDRF company headquarters on 3.50 acre land at Hidigaon in Balasore district.
State Cabinet granted permission to allow workers to work for 115 hours of overtime in 3 months. Similarly, women workers can now be engaged in all small and large scale industries. Odisha govt finalised detail guidelines for their safety and security during night hours. In another major proposal cleared in the cabinet, Odisha government approved establishment of a medical park in Dhenkanal and a textile park at Dhamara in Bhadrak.
Similarly, the Council of Ministers today passed a resolution acknowledging the service rendered by nurses, doctors, ASHA & Anganwadi workers, ULBs, and Panchayati Raj Department in their fight against Coronavirus.