Bhubaneswar, Dec 21:
The State Cabinet on Friday approved grant to 229 non-government high schools at the panchayat level by bringing them under its grant-in-aid policy-2013.
Apart from the 226 panchayat level high schools eligible since June 1, 2007 for the grant , the government has also decided to include three more high schools that were eligible for grant since June 2002.
It also decided to provide grant-in-aid to Madrasas and Sanskrit tols.
The meeting, presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here, cleared 12 out of 13 proposals.
The Cabinet kept the proposal on the amendment in the Odisha Apartment Ownership Act-1982 on hold for further deliberations.
However, there was no official briefing on the Cabinet decision in view of the enforcement of model code of conduct for elections to Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) scheduled on January 8.
To encourage setting up of private Information Technology parks and boost investment in the state IT sector, the Cabinet approved the Information Communication Technology (ICT) policy that promises waiver of entry tax on machines, equipment, capital goods and construction material for implementation of infrastructure projects.
The new ICT policy has set a target for direct employment for 60,000 professionals in 800 IT/Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) units by 2020.
The Cabinet also agreed to bring amendment in the Odisha Technical Education and Training Services Rules for appointment of lecturers in engineering and polytechnic institutes.
Under the new rules, the eligibility criteria for recruitment of teachers would be BTech and BE first class as per the AICTE norms.
For setting up of industries, the Cabinet allowed the entrepreneurs to mortgage the land provided by the Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO).
The entrepreneurs, however, can utilize the bank loan as working capital investment for the infrastructure work and purchase of raw materials.
To bail out the ailing Baragarh Cooperative Sugar Mills, the Cabinet approved the proposal to give a bank guarantee to the Mills to raise bank loan to the tune of Rs 21 crore which would be utilised for its infrastructure development and capacity expansion.
Besides, the Cabinet also approved the Odisha Statistical Surveyors Recruitment Rules and the annual report of the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC).