Odisha Cabinet Okays Use of Odia as Official Language and Other Proposals

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday at the State Secretariat approved the use of Odisha Official Language Rules, 2016 for successful implementation of Odisha Official Language Act, 1954.  A long standing demand for the use of Odia as official language from various quarters finally materialised and became operational after the cabinet nod.

Informing this to the media persons after the cabinet meeting Chief Secrretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said the cabinet also decided in setting the University of Odia language and Literature with “unitary” university status.

As regards implementation of the official language in the government Padhi said that a five-member official committee headed by Chief Secretary will be set up to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Act. Other members include Special Secretary in General Administration Department will also be the convener, Secretaries of Higher Education, School and Mass Education, Culture and Information and Public Relations Departments. The committee is set to hold review meetings of the implementation twice in a year.

Among other decisions made by the cabinet is the approval to the proposal to bring the State under National Agriculture Market (NAM) fold to take advantage of Agritech Infrastructure Fund. A proposal to amend Odisha Agricultural Produce Market Act, 1956 in order to incorporate provisions for allowing e-marketing of agricultural products was taken, Padhi said.

The cabinet sanctioned 40 acre of Government land at Laudigan in Ganjam district to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar for setting up of Bay of Bengal Coastal Observatory and Innovation Centre for climate change.

Cabinet also decided to exempt stamp duty and registration fee for Government land required for seven ongoing railway projects was also approved.

Tenders of Fortune Group, Bhadrak and NKC Projects Private Limited, Gurgaon to the tune of Rs 79.32 crore and Rs 104.23 crore were approved by the cabinet for the widening of Bhadrak to Pirahat and Pirahat to Chandbali carriage and the projects being implemented with World Bank assistance is said to be targeted to complete within 18 months.

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