Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet today gave its approval to 11 proposals, the most significant being the Rs 635 crore ‘Naba Krushna Choudhury Seccha Unnayan Yojana’ aimed to provide irrigation facility in about 55,000 hectare land across the State within a span of three years.
The new scheme has been named after former Chief Minister and freedom fighter Naba Krushna Choudhury whose birth anniversary falls tomorrow (23rd November).
Under the new scheme the government targets to revive irrigation facility in 46,296 hectare command area of 14 major and medium irrigation and 284 minor irrigation projects by restoration of existing canals while irrigation facility will be extended to additional 8,719 hectare land.
“The scheme will be funded from the State’s own resources,” informed Law Minister Pratap Jena briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Similarly, the Cabinet approved amendment to the Wildlife Protection Odisha Rules-1974 for enhancing amount payable as compensation to the next of kin of a person killed by wild animal. The compensation amount has been hiked to Rs 4 lakh as against Rs 3 lakh earlier. Moreover, in the event of domestic animals like sheep and goats getting killed in attack by wild animals, the farmer will be compensated. Compensation payable being Rs 2,000 per adult sheep/goat and Rs 750 per goat/sheep calf killed due to wild animal attack.
The Cabinet approved another significant proposal to reduce rate of VAT on natural gas for use in domestic and industrial sector to 5 percent while it will be 15 percent for use as fuel in vehicles.
The cabinet also approved a proposal to take Rs 1071 crore loan from the World Bank for development of infrastructure in 140 colleges and 11 universities.