Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet gave its approval to 13 proposals on Saturday following a crucial meeting held at Lok Seva Bhawan, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. After the meeting chief secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena conveyed to the media that the state government has endorsed these proposals, marking a significant decision-making event.
Among other things, the age limit for the Odisha Civil Services (OCS) Exams in Odisha has been extended. Previously capped at 32 years, candidates can now appear civil service examinations until the age of 38.
Furthermore, the state government has initiated the creation of 365 junior engineer positions within the urban development department. Similarly, a parcel of five acres has been allocated to the Public Health Foundation of India, and plans have been set in motion for the introduction of 200 electric buses, servicing various regions, including Bhubaneswar. Chief Secretary Jena also disclosed an allocation of Rs 112 crore 18 lakh for the installation of LED lights in urban areas of the state.
Highlighting cultural involvement, Jena emphasized the engagement of people in rural areas for the propagation of Jagannath culture. Starting January 5th, the Jagannath Rath will embark on a door-to-door collection of gua (betel nut) and rice in all the panchayats of 314 blocks for the Shrimandir Parikrama project. The collected items will be stored in a temple in the respective block.
A unique aspect of this initiative involves the telecast of the Parikrama project through LEDs in the Panchayats. For all these progames the state government will incur a cost of Rs156 crore. After January 17th, individuals selected from each block will be invited to Puri to witness the Parikrama project alongside Jagannath darshan.
In a bid to foster awareness in rural areas, the “Our Odisha-Naveen Odisha” initiative will be launched, covering all 6794 panchayats in the state. Meetings will be convened in each Panchayat, emphasizing community participation and local engagement.
The meeting will be attended by all relevant officials and members of the public. A video presentation will be shown, highlighting the commendable efforts in the region. Individuals who have made significant contributions will receive recognition and rewards.
Further, a documentary capturing the comprehensive development of the panchayat will be made. Each panchayat is slated to receive a financial grant of Rs 3 lakhs, with a total allocation of Rs 204 crores for this purpose.