State Favors MCL

The State Government today proposed to settle the outstanding industrial water dues of Mahandi Coalfields Limited (MCL).

Briefing Newsmen after a Cabinet Meeting here, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi told that the MCL has high amount of arrear industrial water rate payable to the State government.
The high amount of arrear was because MCL was paying water rate for domestic supply as per earlier agreement and the bill was made for industrial water supply. Moreover, the cola behemoth was charged 2 Percent monthly compound interest of arrear bills which includes penalty.

Again six times penalty was charged for unauthorized drawal, excess drawal and drawal below DSL of Hirakud reservoir, he added.
Being aggrieved over the calculation of arrear industrial water rate issues of monthly demand notice for payment of arrear dues, MCL had approached various courts of law.
The chief secretary said judicious settlement of the arrear industrial water rate with MCL wass necessary for their payment as one time settlement subject to withdrawal of various court cases by MCL as a pre-condition. “This will enhance State Revenue”, he said.
Mr.Padhi said, the State government also sanctioned land measuring 200.435 dec for establishing permanent campus of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Berhampur.
Mr.Padhi said the land has been provided to the institute free of premium and incidental charges. He added that the State government has also decided to levy annual ground rent at the institutional rate of Rs 100 per acre per annum for Central government educational institutions and cess at 75 pc of the annual ground rent.
It  was decided that a Directorate of Mission Shakti would be created in the Women and Child Development department to enable empowerment of women. Mr.Padhi said now the department will be renamed as ‘Department of Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti’. He added that Mission Shakti is one of the flagship programs of the State government which being monitored by the Women and Child Development department.
Further, the State Government has decided to merge the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) wing of Rural Development department with the Panchayatiraj department.

“This will enable fixing of responsibility of different levels of employees of RWSS in parallel with three-tier Panchayatiraj Institutions under the administrative control of the Panchayatiraj department”, the Chief Secretary said, adding the step will go a long way in addressing the emerging drinking water needs of the people in rural areas. Now, the Panchayatiraj department will be known as Panchayatiraj and Drinking Water Department.
Mr.Padhi stated that the State Government has decided to merge Public Grievances and Pension Administration department with General Administration department. Now, the General Administration department will be known as General Administration and Public Grievances department.
He said this will maximize the utilization of services of the officers, deployed in the present PG&PA department and will ensure effective redressal of public grievances and smooth management of pension administration under the roof of General Administration department.

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