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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 29:

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched the Odisha Municipal Cadre to strengthen the elected local self-government system for better management of urban local bodies.

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With the creation of the Cadre, as many as 3,213 recruits will be posted in eight different services to meet the demands of the ever-expanding urban population. The appointments will be made in health, sanitation and cleanliness, finance and e-governance sectors.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the new cadre at a workshop organised by the Urban Development department here.

National Informatics Centre (NIC), New Delhi was bestowed with special appreciation award for the installation of PlanPlus and ActionSoft programmes which has brought transparency in the preparation of annual action plan in urban local bodies (ULBs).

During the programme, 27 ULBs were awarded for their commendable work.

For 2012-13, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Berhampur Municipal Corporation, and Cuttack Municipal Corporation bagged first, second and third prize respectively. Similarly, Jajpur, Biramitrapur, and Joda were adjudged as best municipalities in first, second and third place respectively. In Notified Area Council category, Gunupur, Koraput, Sunabeda were adjudged first, second and third respectively.

For 2013-14, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Berhampur Municipal Corporation, and Rourkela Municipal Corporation bagged first, second and third prize respectively.Rayagada, Baripada and Choudwar were adjudged as best municipalities in first, second and third place respectively. In Notified Area Council category, Pipili, Gunupur and Gopalpur were adjudged first, second and third respectively.

For 2014-15, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Cuttack Municipal Corporation, and Rourkela Municipal Corporation bagged first, second and third prize respectively. Sundargarh, Jajpur and Barbil were adjudged as best municipalities in first, second and third place respectively. In Notified Area Council category, Gopalpur, Pipili and Gunupur were adjudged first, second and third respectively.

It may be recalled that the state cabinet had approved the proposal for the creation of an independent municipal cadre in November last year.