Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 28:
The Odisha government today decided to hike the salary of the doctors working in the remotest areas of the state by 100 percent.
A decision to this effect was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here.
It was decided that the hike in salary of the doctors working in the remote areas would be raised for which these remote areas have been divided into four parts. Doctors working in the remotest areas will get 100 percent hike in their salary while the doctors working in the remote and far-off tribal areas will get additional Rs 40,000 apart from their salary.
Of the 21 proposals discussed at the meeting, the government has decided to provide three acres of land to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in Sambalpur city for setting up of a doppler radar unit.
The cabinet also approved the amendment in the Investor Protection Act, 2009 in which persons with a deposit of less than Rs 10000 would be considered as small investors while the government will give priority on refund of their money they had invested in the chit fund companies.
To encourage the sportspersons of the state, the cabinet approved a proposal for appointment of the athletes, winning gold medal in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, in the Odisha Police as the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).
Considering the acute shortage of potato in the state and to encourage potato cultivation, the cabinet cleared the proposal for formation of State Potato Mission.
Besides, it also approved a proposal for setting up of 15 community toilet complex in Puri for the ensuing Nabakalebara festival. The proposed toilet complex would be constructed by the Sulabh International Service.
This apart, the cabinet also approved the report of the three commissions of inquiry.
Considering the priority of the state government to the welfare of the physically challenged, the cabinet approved a proposal for creation of a new department known as Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability.
“This department which was earlier with the Women and Child Development department, will now function independently”, chief secretary GC Pati told the media after the meeting.