Cabinet Okays Linkage Policy Change

State Government has amended its’ Long Term Linkage Policy to attract investment in Mechanized Ore Evacuation System of OMC.

State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the proposal of the Department of Steel and Mines on 7 February here.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy briefed Media about the decisions taken in State Cabinet at Lok Seva Bhawan.

According to amendment, Long Term Linkage (LTL) Buyers of Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), who are willing to invest in Mechanized Ore Evacuation System would be permitted LTL Linkage for duration of more than five years.

This will facilitate ramp up of production by the OMC and there will be more metals available for supply of raw materials to the State based end users, officials say.

State Cabinet decided that Lessees having Chrome Ore Leases will not be allowed to participate in National e-Auction.

As Chrome Ore is a scarce raw material, such a decision will help in discovery of fair market price of Chrome Ore, said an official.

State Cabinet approved the proposal of Department of Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water to provide safe drinking water in Sundargarh District out of OMBADC Funding.

Lowest Tender of Voltas Limited amounting Rs.320.11 Crore Project was approved by the State Cabinet for execution of Individual Rural Piped Water Supply Projects under One Package.

Through this program, 1.25 Lakh people will be benefitted in 262 villages of 25 Gram Panchayats under 03 Blocks of the District.

State Cabinet also approved a proposal of the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management for lease of Government Land to set up Software Technology Parks of India(STPI).

Three Acres of land on free premium and incidental charges will be provided for establishment of STPI Centres anywhere in the State.

However, STPI authorities shall be laible to pay annual ground rent at the rate of One Percent of the Market value of the land and cess at the rate of 75 Percent of the ground rent so calculated for such allotment of Government Land.

State Cabinet decided to appoint the applicants under Rehabilitation Assistance Scheme only in Group D posts instead of earlier Group C & D Posts.

This step is taken in order to improve efficiency in Administration and timely delivery of Government Services and accordingly a new set of rules, Odisha Civil Service (Rehabilitation Assistance) Rules,2020 will be framed, said the senior official.

Similarly amendment of the Odisha Civil Services Ruels, which governs the criteria for selection for appointment and promotion, is also approved by State Cabinet.    

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