Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 14:
As per the provision of National Food Security Act (NFSA), Odisha government would set up Food Commission. A decision in the regard was taken after the state cabinet approved a proposal in this regard.
The state cabinet approved of seven proposals during the meeting held at the state secretariat here today. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The Commission would be chaired by the chief secretary and consist of five members not below the rank of a principal secretary, including a member convenor from the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department. The Commission would hold office for a period of three years.
“Under the provisions of National Food Security Act (NFSA), the state cabinet has approved for setting up of the Food Commission which will be headed by its chairperson who will be of the rank of chief secretary. Notification in this regard will be published in newspapers and website. The applications will be screened by a search committee headed by chief secretary with Development Commissioner and department secretary as its members. Following this, the recommendations will be sent to the government which will take the final call,” chief secretary AP Padhi said.
Besides, a proposal on construction of toilets in nine cities under Amrut Yojna was approved by the cabinet. As per the decision, Sulabh International has been selected to build toilets in these cities having a population of more than one lakh where 5957 will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 70 crore for community and public use.
For this, Centre would bear 75% of the expenses under Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and the remaining would be borne by the state government.
Notably, Sulabh International has been selected on nomination basis and no tenders will be floated for this.
“Based on our experience with the organisation during last Nabakalebara where the firm was able to do 15 such toilets within a short time in the town, we selected the firm,” Padhi added.
The cabinet also approved an amendment to the Odisha FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management) Act, 2005. With this, the state government can raise the fiscal deficit limit. The hike in fiscal deficit will enable the state government to go for higher borrowing to meet its growing capex targets.