Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 24:
In a sop aimed at wooing the over six lakh state government employees, the Odisha Cabinet today decided to give them medical reimbursement at the rate applicable for Central Government Health Services (CGHS).
The cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, also approved a proposal to allow State Government employees to avail referral facilities both inside and outside the State with the prior permission of the concerned Chief District Medical Officers (CDMOs), chief secretary JK Mohpatra told media persons after the meeting this evening. concerned would be required for the same, informed the Chief Secretary.
Mohapatra said the cabinet also decided to restructure the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) cadre.
As part of the overhaul, 130 posts in the Junior Class-I cadre will be abolished while an additional 90 posts in the Senior Class-I cadre, 25 posts in the Super Time Scale cadre, 11 posts in Superior Administrative cadre and four posts in the Special Secretary cadre will be created.
The Cabinet also decided to provide benefits to the State Election Commissioner (SEC) at par with the High Court judges and equal status with the chairman of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).
Apart from this, the Cabinet also decided to provide full grant to 926 ME schools presently receiving block grant.
The cabinet also approved the extension of licenses of the existing Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) off shops and country spirit shops by four months. The license fees has been hiked by 20 per cent.
The state government’s notification issued last year for allotment of liquor shop licenses through e-auction was scrapped by the Odisha High Court on July 24, 2013 stating that it was not practicable and could not be implemented.
“The complete excise policy for the year 2014-15 will be formulated later,” Mohapatra said referring to the new government after general elections.
In another decision, the cabinet gave its nod for upgradation of assistant engineers to assistant executive engineers. The matter was pending due to litigation.
A total of eight proposals were cleared by the cabinet at its meeting today.