BHUBANESWAR: The State Cabinet passed the Electric Vehicle Directive (EV) 2021 on Friday with the aim of introducing 20 percent electric vehicles in all vehicle registrations by 2025. The cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik, also approved the draft Odisha Sand Directive 2021 to ensure sustainable mining.
Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra said the electric vehicle policy seeks to encourage the manufacture of electric vehicles and their components, including batteries, in the state. It also encourages innovation, research and development in the fields of electric vehicles and batteries, he added.
The chief secretary said that under the proposed guidelines, it was decided to extend financial incentives for manufacturing, incentives to buy and scrap, and interest subsidies on loans, and to waive road taxes and registration fees during the policy period.
He said that incentives will be given as part of the MSME department’s establishment policy. The sand policy estimates supply and demand, the chief secretary said, adding that sand sources will also be identified.
There will be a DGPS (Differential Global Positioning System) survey of the Sandsairat sources. The establishment of a mining plan, environmental and other legal permits are also part of the guideline.
The Chief Secretary said the aim of the policy is to prevent the scale of illegal sand mining and ensure a robust monitoring mechanism for sand mining using IT-based regulation from source identification to end-user.
In addition, the Cabinet approved a proposal to transfer the assets of the Odisha Adarsha Vidyalayas, which are subordinate to the state higher secondary schools with grades VI to XII under the Department of School and Mass Education, to panchayat samitis for proper maintenance.
Cabinet approved the reorganization of the Odisha Veterinary Service cadre, increasing its strength from 1,481 to 1,940 through the creation of 459 new posts and upgrading the senior veterinary assistant position from Group B to Group A level.
The Odisha Mineral Administration Service and Odisha Mineral Chemical Analysis Service cadre rules were approved at the meeting.
Change of SSO squad rules
BHUBANESWAR: The Cabinet on Friday approved the proposal to amend the rules of change for Odisha Social Security Services (employment methods and terms of service) in 2021. According to the amended regulations, the collectors were authorized to carry out the transfer of social blocks within the district security officers on administrative ground.
The Director of Social Security and the Empowerment of People with Disabilities can intervene in the redeployment of officials within the district if necessary. The minimum eligibility criteria of 5 years of service for promotion of subordinate social security agencies to the rank of district social security officer have been removed and promotion is based on merit related to seniority.