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Odisha government decided to invite global tenders from vaccine manufacturers for procurement of Covid-19

Bhubaneswar:10/5/21: The Odisha government today decided to invite global tenders from vaccine manufacturers for procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine to ensure universal vaccination. The State Cabinet during a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took a decision in this regard.

Chief Secretary SC Mahapatra, who was present in the State Cabinet meeting, informed the Health and Family Welfare Department has been allowed to invite the global tenders. The decision has been taken with an aim to procure vaccines for people of the State at the earliest.

Also, a technical committee will be formed so that it can recommend steps to save human lives and restore livelihoods, the Chief Secretary added.

The State Cabinet decided to urge the Government of India to exempt the Covid vaccine and drugs from all kinds of tax.

As the fight against the Covid-19 will be long-run, the State government will request the Centre to provide financial assistance to States in proportionate with cess and surcharge being collected from people. The move will lessen the financial burden on the State governments, the Odisha Chief Secretary added.

The State Cabinet also heaped praises on front-line workers, health workers, and Covid warriors for their indomitable spirit to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Besides, the State Cabinet took ten other important decisions in its meeting.

The Cabinet approved a proposal on Rules to regulate the method of recruitment and service conditions of the persons appointed in the Odisha nursing college education service.

Command area development and water management activities in irrigated commands and utilization of groundwater resources through deep bore wells with solar pump system in remote areas of the State under Buju Krishak Vikash Yojana Deep Borewell Secha Yojana also received the Cabinet nod.

Proposals regarding approval of tender for construction of sports infrastructure facilities in Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar and construction of a new international hockey stadium at Rourkela for the Hockey World cup were approved as well.

The State Cabinet approved an amendment of the negative list for the addition of manufacturing/refilling of medical oxygen/ container, an amendment to the Odisha Transport- Traffic and Enforcement Rules, 2013.

Change of the nomenclature of “Forest and Environment Department” as “Forest Environment and Climate Change department” received the Cabinet approval.

Amendment of Odisha Ex-servicemen (Recruitment to State Civil Services and Posts) Rules, annual report on activities of Odisha Public Service Commission for the year 2017-18 and framing of the Rules for accommodation and other services in Bhawans owned and maintained by the Home department outside the State-2021 got the State Cabinet nod in today’s meeting.

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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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