Odisha Cabinet Nods For 15th Legislative Assembly Dissolution Recommendation To Governor

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Bhubaneswar: The Cabinet of Odisha Government today accorded its seal of approval for formally recommending to Governor for the dissolution of the 15th Legislative Assembly with a request to do it soon after the ongoing election process is over.

The Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, also discussed and approved the vital proposals pertaining to the ongoing relief and restoration works post Cyclone FANI in the State here.    

Briefing media soon after the last Cabinet Meeting of this Government, Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “The first agenda of today’s meeting was to recommend the dissolution of Legislative Assembly after the election process is over. It is a formality mandatorily done before the counting of the election results.”

“Last Assembly was constituted on June 12, 2014. Hence, its term ends on June 11, 2019. Hence, this resolution was made today,” he informed.

He further informed, “The second agenda was on certain measures taken after Cyclone FANI. Those measures were apprised to the Cabinet today. Those briefings have been made to media daily. Besides, the Cabinet was put forth with certain proposals of relaxation to be approved.”

He added, “As the manpower engaged in the restoration works and have done service beyond duty hours, Rs 24 lakh was sanctioned towards their ration allowance at the rate of Rs 200 per person. The vehicles those have been engaged in the electricity restoration work and as they have been hired on emergency basis due to lack of time for tender call bid, those vehicles have been engaged at the rate of election expenses.”

“He also added, “Around 10,000 labours engaged. They are from out of our State for the electricity restration work. They are being paid 150% wages. If Rs 280 is permissible to the unskilled labourer, here they will get Rs 420. Similarly, Rs 320 for the skilled labourer. Here for this emergent purpose they will get Rs 480. Semi-skilled Rs 370 while now Rs 555. Fooding charge per day to each Rs 150.     

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Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary, Odisha