Odisha Cabinet Approves SAMRIDHI New Agriculture Policy 2019

17 December 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet today approved SAMRIDHI-Agriculture Policy 2019 to focus on farmers' well-being and is formulated to build on the inherent strengths of its agriculture and allied sectors with a focus on providing market linkages and technical support.

The policy has been prepared with objectives of ensuring continuous growth in farmers' income, making the growth process inclusive of small and marginal farmers and ensuring sustainable, stable, and scalable agricultural growth, said agriculture secretary Saurabh Garg.

The alphabets in SAMRIDHI denote the key components of achieving agriculture vision of Odisha which is as follows:

S: Leveraging Science and Technology

A: Adaptation to Climate Change

M: Markets (Domestic & Global), physical and financial, spot and future,

R: Resource use efficiency ensuring higher productivity

I: Creating appropriate Infrastructure

D: Diversification of production to high value agriculture

H: Human resource upgrading and skilling

I: Strengthening Institutions

The agriculture policy focuses on creating an ecosystem interlining inputs-production-markets; sustainable increase in yields of paddy and diversification to high-value agriculture, encouraging efficient and ecologically sensitive use of inputs mainly water, land and soil.

It also emphasises on promoting processing which include cleaning, grading etc for better value capture, creating value chains particularly for vegetables and livestock, reducing wastages by promoting pre and post-harvest management, adapting to climate change techniques and technology.

The agriculture policy also encompasses activities in different sectors of fisheries, livestock, procurement, credit, insurance and irrigation for boosting the overall farmers' income.

The Cabinet also approved an amendment to the Odisha District Revenue Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1983.

The government also decided to give one-time relaxation in enhancing the upper age limit from 33 years to 48 years for recruitment of lecturer under rule 4(2)(c) of Orissa Education Service (College Branch) Recruitment Rules 1990.

The Cabinet approved a proposal to frame a new set of Rules i.e Odisha Civil Service (out of turn promotion) Rules, 2019 to introduce the prospect of out of turn promotion irrespective of batch/year of allotment for exceptional and exemplary achievements in furthering good governance and ease of public service delivery by the officers and employees of the State government.

In order to give an opportunity to more candidates belonging to Ex-servicemen/Commissioned and SSC Officers of defence service and Persons with Disabilities the Cabinet approved a proposal to amend the OSJS & OJS Rules 2007 by relaxing the age limit by five years for Ex-servicemen/Commissioned and SSC Officers of defence service and relaxing the upper age limit by ten years in case of Persons with Disabilities over and above the normal relaxation admissible to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and SEBC for recruitment to the post of civil judge.

The Cabinet gave its stamp of approval to refurbish the historical Bakula Bana Vidyalaya at Satyabadi into a centre of learning and great heritage site.

Lastly, the Cabinet approved a proposal for exemption of stamp duty amounting to Rs 2,15,64,648 to M/s Reliance (Poly Fibres Ltd).

Asit Kumar Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Odisha

Saurabh Garg, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department, Odisha