On 10th July 2023, the Odisha Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister(CM) Naveen Patnaik approved ‘Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha’ scheme to take measures to enhance rural infrastructure, leading to accelerated growth and to promote, preserve and protect the Jagannath culture and tradition of Odisha.
- Under the scheme, a budget provision of Rs 4000 crore will be allocated, and it will cover all Gram Panchayats (GP) with an entitlement of Rs 50 lakh.
The cabinet has also approved around 9 proposals related to 6 different departments, including the Department of Energy, Home, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water, Revenue and Disaster Management, Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) Development, and the Department of Works.
About Ama Odisha, Nabin Odisha:
i. “Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha” scheme is the modified version of “AmaGaonAma Bikash” (AGAB) scheme launched by the Odisha Government in
ii. The Government of Odisha has modified the guidelines of the earlier intervention AGABby giving it a new dimension andmaking it effective from the Financial Year 2023-24.
iii. The vision of the intervention is to transform Odisha into a modern and aspirational Odisha retaining the essence, soul, and spirit of Jagannath culture and spreading it to the world.
The main objective of the scheme is to provide missing links to the existing small and essential projects and the development of infrastructure.
Few Benefits of Expanding Rural infrastructure:
i. Under ‘Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha’ shcmee, original works like restoration of village temple, building futuristic digital infrastructure, will be undertaken.
ii. Under the scheme, every Gram Panchayat can take up work up to Rs 10 lakh to protect the Jagannath culture and to protect their local places of worship, sites of historical significance and to provide amenities for our pilgrims and visitors
iii. Improvement of infrastructure for primary education and also providing missing links to the existing development infrastructure, construction, modernization and expansion works.
iv. Creating additional facilities for Mission Shakti Groups at the GP level.
v. Providing Banking Facilities and improvement of digital access in terms of mobile connectivity, optical fibre connectivity, WiFi and internet connectivity.
vi. Transparency measures such as a web-based Management Information System (MIS) for monitoring the Scheme and a dedicated app for sharing photographs before, during and after each project with Geographic information system (GIS) tagging shall be developed under the scheme.
Odisha Cabinet approved Inclusion of Kui Language in 8th Schedule of Constitution of India
The Odisha Cabinet also approved the inclusion of Kui language in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India to include several benefits to the Kandh tribes of Odisha.
i. It will help in the preservation, promotion, and propagation of the Kui language and culture.
ii. Activities such as publication, creation of content and recognition will get momentum.
iii. Create an eco-system to facilitate research & Studies anchored around the preservation, promotion and propagation of the Kui Language.
iv. More than 7 Lakh Kui-speaking Indigenous people will benefit from this decision.
v. The cabinet decision to recommend the inclusion of the Kui language in the 8th schedule will have no financial implications.
Note: 8th schedule of the Constitution of India lists the official languages of the Republic of India. The Constitutional provisions relating to the 8th Schedule occur in articles 344(1) and 351 of the Indian Constitution. Currently it includes the recognition of 22 languages.
SLSWCA of Odisha Cabinet approved 11 Projects in various sectors worth Rs 3266 Crore
On 10th July 2023, 119th State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) of the Government of Odisha chaired by Pradeep Jena, Chief Secretary of Odisha, approved 11 industrial projects worth around Rs 3266 crore.
- These projects would be set up in Balasore, Balangir, Kalahandi, Khordha and Jajpur districts of Odisha and are expected to generate 9,146 employment opportunities.
- The projects were approved in various sectors including Metal Downstream and Ancillary, Chemicals, Food Processing, Agro Processing, Plastics, Textiles Apparel, Information Technology (IT) & Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) and Renewable Energy.
Chief Minister- Naveen Patnaik
Governor- Ganeshi Lal
Festivals: Raja Parba, Rath Yatra