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Cabinet Clears Awareness Plan

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to reach everyone through its development activities and schemes, the State Government has decided to undertake awareness activities about various schemes of Government in all Panchayats under “Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha” scheme.

The State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has taken this decision here at its meeting held this evening.

In order to carry forward the transformative journey of Rural Odisha, it is necessary to build upon the current initiatives to augment rural infrastructure leading to accelerated growth as well as to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the State, the Government has now decided to organise GP level awareness camp in 6794 GPs of the State under the Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha (AONO) scheme, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Minister Pradip Kumar Amat said.

Under the AONO intervention, inclusive development of rural Odisha will be prepared at GP level which will include development of the Primary Schools, Religious, Community Based Projects, Mission Shakti Gruha, and Miscellaneous including digital transformation projects, he said.

Under the plan local felt need based projects shall be taken up by convening GP level meetings with local people/community organization/public representatives/line Department Officials and other stakeholders etc.

The shelf of projects will be received from the inhabitants of concern GP, PRI Members, SHG members, members of various community organizations, line Department Officials etc. shall be compiled in consultation with GP and shall be placed in the GP level meeting for finalization, the Minister said.

After finalization, the plan will be submitted to the PR & DW Department for Government approval. The timeline for conduct of the GP level meeting will be from January 15 to 1st week of February 2024, he informed.

Apart from finalization of the Plan in the GP level meeting, IEC activities will be taken up on various schemes of the Government for generating awareness among the people.

Amat said Rs 3 lakh per GP for 6794 GPs will be provided for preparation of plan and IEC activities. The total requirement of funds will be Rs 203.82 crore for conducting these activities.

Preparation of the plan is under the initiative of ‘Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha”. For this, the approved budget Rs. 4000 Crore is enhanced to Rs 4200 crores, he added.

The Cabinet has decided to extend the upper age limit for entry into government service is governed under the Odisha Civil Service (Fixation of Upper Age Limit) Rules, 1989 from 32 year to 38 years in addition to relaxable in case of ST/SC/SEBC/Women and PwDs as prescribed by the Government from time to time.

In order to provide ample opportunity to participate in the recruitment examinations for the calendar year 2024, it is proposed to extend the similar benefit of enhancement of the upper age limit from 32 to 38 years as has been allowed, Chief Secretary P K Jena.