Bhubaneswar:11/10/21: State Cabinet held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today took seventeen important decisions pertaining to the departments of Finance, Food supplies and Consumer welfare, General administration and public grievance, Home, Labour and ESI, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Parliamentary Affairs.
Informing people about decisions of the Cabinet, Minister Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Law and Housing & Urban Development Pratap Jena said that as per the historic decision taken under the leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister, henceforth the contractual employees would be called initial appointees. They would get medical reimbursement facility. Sri Jena added that six new mega drinking water projects would soon be implemented in the districts of Ganjam, Rayagada, Boudh, and Kandhamal districts. The individual households in the blocks like Rageilunda, Ganjam, Khalikote, Kashipur, Rayagada, Harbhanga, Phiringia, Phulbani, Chakadapada, Khajuripada, and K.Nuagaon would get piped water supply through these schemes.
Adding to the Minister, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said that other major decisions of Cabinet included the decision regarding enhancement of State contribution from 10 to 14% for the employees under NPS. Employees under NPS would be allowed to exercise an option to receive a family pension in event of the in-service death under OCS pension rules. The employees of aided educational institutions, group-B, Group-C, and group-D contractual employees would also get this facility.
Cabinet also approved food and procurement policy for Kharif marketing season 2021-22, Annual reports of Hon’ble Lokayukta for the year 2020, Odisha Excise Service Group-A and Group-B, Odisha civil supplies market intelligence service rules, and amendment of Odisha employees State Insurance medical service rules. The rules regarding Odisha legal metrology service, an amendment to Odisha secretariat stenographers, and personal assistants rules were also approved in the meeting.