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16 August 2019

Debashish Maharana

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today accorded its seal approval of six important proposals for implementation in the State for the benefit of the people.

Prominent among them are the proposals for establishment of Odisha Maritime Board and implementation of interim reports of Justice B.P. Das Commission on safety and security and improvement of Shri Jagannath Temple at Puri.

Briefing media soon after the significant Cabinet Meeting, Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “Odisha Maritime Board shall be constituted with 12 members. Chief Secretary will be the chairperson along with representatives of stakeholder departments as well as representatives of Government of India.”

He also said, “The Board will function as the sinlge window facilitator for the overall maritime development of the State. It will provide policy, guidelines and directions for the integrated development of ports and inland water transport keeping in view of country’s security and defence related concerns. It will take up survey and techno-economic feasibility studies so as to facilitate private sector investment for development of ports and port based industries.”

As per a press note released on the occasion, a statutory body named Odisha Maritime Board is to be established in the State for administration, control and management of non-major ports and non-nationalised inland water ways. Earlier a Bill was passed in the year 2011 for constitution of Board but that was withdrawn because of some more issues were to be added.”

Odisha Chief Secretary Designate Asit Kumar Tripathy briefed media, “The Cabinet also approved the proposal for implementing in the first phase certain recommendations of Justice B.P. Das Commission as contained in its first interim report which relate to the safety and security and improvement of Shri Jagannath Temple at Puri.”

“The Commission had recommended removal of structures around the temple up to 75 metres from the boundary on all sides to facilitate free movement of devotees and safety of the temple. The report had recommended keeping three passages for devotees along the boundary wall. Hence, Puri Collector will be authorised to initiate a series of actions including survey, demarcation and acquisition of required land,” said Tripathy.

He further stated that a redevelopment plan will be created for the rehabilitation of the affected persons including institutions as well as vendors.

Notably, the State Government has constituted a Commission of Inquiry on 23.07.2016 comprising retired judge of Orissa High Court Justice B.P. Das to enquire into and submit report for better administration and governance of Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri. The Commission has submitted two interim reports dated 20.04.2017 and 07.12.2017.

The Odisha Cabinet also today approved financial restructuring of OSRTC. The old dues of OSRTC and Government of Odisha will be settled for ever. Also the accumulated losses of Rs 189.93 crore will be taken up against the share capital in a phased manner. Once the losses are adjusted, OSRTC will have the option to approach the financial institutions for taking up commercially viable projects for better passenger amenities.

Also the Cabinet today approved an amendment to the existing provision of Rule-6(4) of Odisha Police Service (Method of Recruitment and Condition of Service) Rule 2013 aimed to eliminate the constraints therein and facilitate to get eligible OPS officers for filling up the posts of Superior Administrative Grade in OPS cadre for efficient and smooth people administration.

It also approved the proposal for Gopabandhu Science College, Athagarh, established in 1963 and is a fully aided college. It has no building and land of its own and has been running in the palace building located over Ac 11.56 dec. of land belonging to erstwhile Athagarh royal family since 1978. In greater public interest, Government has remitted stamp duty and registration fees on Gift deed of land measuring ac 11.56 dec. along with building standing on it in Mouza-Birakishorepur of Cuttack district to be executed in favour of Gopabandhu Science College, Athagarh.

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AP Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha

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Asit Tripathy, Chief Secretary-Designate, Odisha