The state cabinet on Friday approved the Odisha Ports Policy, 2022 for the holistic development of the marine ecosystem by facilitating integrated development of non-major ports and inland waterways. Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra said the policy would have a facility to encourage private sector investment. The maritime sector of the state helps Odisha emerge as a preferred investment destination and provide employment opportunities to the youth. He said the policy would promote maritime ventures such as coastal shipping, sea tourism, introduction of multipurpose ports, seaplane connectivity, promotion of facilities and creation of infrastructure for shipbuilding, ship breaking and related activities.
The policy also seeks to aid and promote the development of ports and port-based industrial development through improved port linking infrastructure. He said that more attention has been given to adoption of latest technology and sustainable maritime development along the Odisha coast. The state now has 14 notified non-major ports, of which Dhamra and Gopalpur are functional, while Astaranga and Subarnarekha are in the estuary (Keertania). are under construction.
Besides this, the cabinet approved three years from 2022-23 for the implementation of crop diversification program with focus on reviving soil health, increasing microbial population, preventing changes in soil chemical and biological properties and increasing water holdings. Approved a budget of Rs 929.55 crore for use efficiency.
This program will be implemented in all 30 districts of the state. In three years, a total of 3.7 lakh hectares of rice fallow areas will be covered under pulse crop, 1.5 lakh hectares of upland and middle land paddy areas will be converted to non-paddy. and high value crops. In addition, 50,000 hectares of regular cultivated paddy areas will be diverted to indigenous aromatic paddy of export potential. The cabinet approved the proposal for implementation of a master plan for the transformation of Odisha University of Technology and Research, Bhubaneswar with an outlay of Rs 1,500 crore.
Single allottees excluded from task force report
The cabinet also decided to exclude from the purview of the task force report, the allotment of houses done under the discretionary quota which is done by BDA, CDA and OSHB in terms of brochures and schemes to individual allottees. The allotments may be considered genuine and are in line with the judgment given by the Orissa High Court. Since allotment to the original sole allottee may be treated as valid mutation and other post allotment formalities in favor of the legal heirs of such allottee may be considered just and valid and no action need be taken against such allottees.
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Steel and Mines for Administration of Minor Minerals
In order to make the administration of minor minerals more effective and to provide greater scope and effectiveness to the development and administration of Sairat resources, the cabinet decided to create a single department, Steel and Mines. Accordingly, the Directorate of Minor Minerals, Department of Revenue and Disaster Management will transfer all relevant file communications, court cases and case records relating to minor minerals to the Department of Steel and Mines. The services of all the posts specially created for the management of minor minerals will also be transferred.
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Story first published: Saturday, November 19, 2022, 17:54 [IST]