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Odisha govt approves food & procurement policy for Kharif Marketing season 2020-2021

Bhubaneswar, Nov 12 (PTI) The Odisha government on
Thursday approved the Food and Procurement Policy for Kharif
Marketing season, 2020-21 and agreed to provide the guarantee
for Rs 2,600 crore loans to GRIDCO during the current fiscal.

The decisions in this regard were taken at the Cabinet
meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.

The meeting approved as many as 18 proposals while the
Council of Ministers approved the proposal for the
Supplementary Budget to be presented in the winter session of
the Assembly commencing on November 20.

The Kharif Marketing Season (KMS), 2020-21 started
from November 1 and to continue till September 21, Chief
Secretary A K Tripathy said.

He said that the state has fixed a tentative
procurement target of 48 lakh metric tonne in terms of rice.

For Kharif, the tentative target for procurement of
paddy is 54 lakh metric tonne and for Rabi 17 lakh metric
tonne, Tripathy said, adding that the minister of Food
Supplies and Consumer Welfare has also been authorised to
revise this target if the need so arises.

In KMS 2019-20 paddy to the tune of 70.56 lakh metric
tonne was procured (both kharif and rabi). In terms of rice it
comes to 47.78 lakh MT, the chief secretary said.

He said the farmers will be paid directly on their
bank account within 24 to 48 hours of the sale of paddy. The
district administrations and state agencies will take all
necessary measures to prevent distress sale of paddy, he said.

In regard to the approval of the government guarantee
of Rs 2,600 crore loans to GRIDCO during the 2020-21 financial
year, Tripathy said this will enable GRIDCO to get about two
per cent interest concession from banks.

Tripathy said the Cabinet decision on GRIDCO will
reduce the electricity suppliers financial cost and in turn
the retail tariff for industries, MSMEs and general consumers.

The Cabinet also approved the tender of NCC Limited
amounting to Rs 461.25 crore for construction of Jagannath
Ballav Pilgrim Centre, market complex and Shree Setu along
with extension of Musa river at Puri under Augmentation of
Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture
(ABADHA) Scheme.

The work will be completed within a period of 30
months, Tripathy said.

The government also decided to alienate government
land and acquired/purchase land for Heritage Security
Corridor around Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri in favour of Shri
Jagannath Temple Managing Committee, Puri on free of premium,
incidental charges, annual ground rent and cess and to correct
the Record of Rights in the name of Lord Shri Jagannath.

The cabinet meeting also accepted the recommendation
of the State Law Commission of Odisha and take steps for
enactment of the Odisha Appropriation Act (Repeal) Act, 2020
which will repeal 215 numbers of Appropriation Acts, he said.

The cabinet also approved enactment of Odisha
Laboratory Assistants in Government Engineering Schools
/Polytechnics (Methods of Recruitment and Conditions of
Service) Rules, 2020.

In regard to the proposal of promotion of government
employees, the Cabinet approved a proposal to amend the Odisha
Civil Services (Criteria for promotion) Rules, 1992, to ensure
timely promotion of government servants.

The Cabinet also approved the appointment of retired
IAS officer Bibhuti Bhusan Pattanaik and Prof. (Dr.) Sudhanshu
Sekhar Rath as members in the Odisha Public Service
Commission, the chief secretary said. PTI AAM

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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