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Odisha cabinet takes reformative decisions

2/1/2013
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Report by Pratap Pradhan, Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet met today under the Chairmanship of  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Secretariat Cabinet Hall. The major decisions as briefed to press by Chief Secretary in B.K. Patnaik  in presence of Development Commissioner J.K. Mohapatra and Parliamentary Affairs Secretary G. Mathivathanan includes the following. In total 17 agenda items relating to major policy matters in different departments were discussed.

Amendment of the “Odisha Transport Engineering Service (Recruitment & Conditions of Service) Rules, 1981” and “the Odisha Subordinate Transport Engineering Service Rules, 1996”.

Under the provisions of the Odisha Transport Engineering Service (Recruitment & Conditions of Service) Rules, 1981 and Odisha Subordinate Transport Engineering Service Rules, 1996, a candidate in order to be eligible for applying for the post of MVI and Jr.MVI should have possessed a Driving License to drive Heavy Vehicle / Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicle. But, now such Driving Licenses are being issued only under the category of “Transport Vehicle” as per provisions of Central Motor Vehicle Act in which the words “Heavy Vehicle / Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicles” has been substituted by “Transport Vehicle”.
As such there is need for amendment of the relevant provisions of the aforesaid two cadre rules in consonance with the Central Motor Vehicle Act for the benefit of the people so that there will be no confusion in future on eligibility norms for the candidates applying for the post of IMV / Jr. MVI.

Formulation of Cadre Rule namely “Odisha Transport, Traffic & Enforcement (Method of Recruitment & Conditions of Service) Rules, 2013 for regulating the manner of recruitment, training, promotion and other conditions of service of enforcement cadre.
Road safety and Enforcement of Motor Vehicle Rules is one of the important activities of Transport Department and the Inspectors (Traffic), Sub-Inspectors (Traffic) and Constables etc. posted in different RTO Offices plays a vital role for enforcement of such activities which enhances the M.V. Revenue in the State. But till yet, no cadre rule has been framed for recruitment and conditions of their services. In the meantime the cadre has been re-constructed and some new posts in the aforesaid cadre in the rank of Asst. Sub-Inspector (Traffic) has been created and number of existing posts has been enhanced.
Government have therefore decided to frame a cadre rule namely; Odisha Transport, Traffic and Enforcement (Method of Recruitment & Conditions of Service) Rules, 2013 to regulate the recruitment, training, promotion and other conditions of service of the aforesaid employees.
Health & Family Welfare Department
The sanctioned post of Inspector of Ayurveda is 13 and sanctioned post of Inspector of Homeopathy is 13. The post of Inspector of Ayurveda and post of Inspector of Homeopathy belonging to Class-Jr. Branch Cadre. They are District level functionaries and supervising the work and functioning of Govt. Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani Dispensaries of the State. They are also DDO and Head of Office for the Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani Dispensaries functioning under their administrative control.
Since the Inspector of Ayurveda and Inspector of Homeopathy are the supervising officers at the District level and in order to improve their work efficiency, Govt. been decided to change the designation of “Inspector of Ayurveda” and “Inspector of Homeopathy” as “District Ayurveda Medical Officer” & “District Homeopathy Medical Officer” respectively.
After approval of the Cabinet, this Resolution will be issued effecting change of designation of Inspector of Ayurveda and Inspector of Homeopathy.


Amendment of the Odisha “Registration of Birth and Death Rules, 2001”.

The Ministry of Health and family Welfare, Government of India had organized national Conferences during January 2005 and May 2006 wherein it was decided for standardization of birth and death certificates. The standardization of birth and death certificates has been done with respect to its content, size and quality of paper.
For implementation of the standardization birth and death certificates in the state it is essential for amendment of certain rules like Rules 8(1), Rule 13(2), Form 7 (Birth certificate) and Form 8 (Death certificate) of the Odisha “Registration of Birth and Death Rules, 2001.



Amendment of the Odisha District Police Ministerial Officers (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1995.

Amendment of the Amendment of the Odisha District Police Ministerial Officers (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1995 is necessary for giving promotional benefits to Group-D employees to the rank of Junior Clerk in the concerned District.

Government have decided to give guarantee to NABARD for availing loan of Rs.40.00 crore by Odisha State Warehousing Corporation (OSWC) under ‘Rural Infrastructure Development Fund-XVIII (RIDF-XVIII); With the sanction of loan from NABARD, OSWC will repay the loan availed from State Bank of India at higher rate of interest for construction of godowns under ‘PEG 2009 Scheme’ and invest the balance amount for the same purpose.


Amendment to the Odisha Public Service Commission(Conditions of Service) Regulations, 1952.
At present the Chairman and Members of Odisha Public Service Commission, who have rendered more than two years of service are eligible to get service gratuity on their retirement. The Amendment will make eligible the Chairman and Members of Odisha Public Service Commission who will render their tenure for one and half years or more but less than two years to be eligible for gratuity benefit.


Amendment to the Odisha Staff Selection Commission (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service of the Chairman and members) Rules, 1995.
At present the Chairman and Members of Odisha Staff Selection Commission, who have rendered more than two years of service are eligible to get gratuity on their retirement. The Amendment will make eligible the Chairman and Members of Odisha Staff Selection Commission who will render their tenure for one and half years or more but less than two years to be eligible for gratuity benefit.

The Odisha Forest Service, Group-B (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2013.
1. Group-‘B’ status has been conferred to the Forest rangers in the scale of pay of Rs.6500-10500/- under ORSP Rules 1998 (Revised as P.B.-2 Rs.9300-34800/- with Grade Pay of Rs.4600/- under ORSP Rules, 2008) vide Government Of Odisha, Forest & Environment Department Resolution No.16123/F & E, dtd.22.09.2008. There were no statutory recruitment rules for the cadre for which it has become expedient to frame a set of Rules to regulate the Recruitment and Conditions of service of the Forest rangers.
2. Accordingly, draft Odisha Forest Service Group-‘B’ (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2013 has been approved after conferment of Group-‘B’ status to the Forest Rangers.
3. Government have also decided to reserve not more than half of the direct recruitment quota posts in the cadre for the Graduates in Forestry.



Proposal for amendment of Odisha government Land settlement Act, 1962 (Odisha Act 33 of 1962)

PRESENT PROPOSAL :
1. Amendment of Section 3-B of the OGLS Act.
Section 3-B of the OGLS Act provides for resumption of lands as well as imposition of penalty, where the authority has reasons to believe that the person with whom the land was settled has used the land for any purpose other than that for which it was settled. The provision is silent for cases, where a person with whom land is settled does not use it or keeps the land vacant indefinitely. In absence of specific provisions top deal with such situations, the lessees of such land are getting scope to keep the land vacant or unused indefinitely and the very purpose of settlement of Government lands is being defeated. Hence, it is proposed to provide that is a land has not been used for the purpose for which it was settled, for a period exceeding three years, from the date of such settlement such land may be resumed by the officer authorized for the purpose. It is further proposed to allow them at least three years time from the date of commencement of the proposed amendment for use if the land for the purpose for which it was settled., after which resumption process may be started. Exceptions will be made in case of homestead less & landless persons who have granted lease.
2. Amendment of Sub-section (b-2) of section 2 of the OGLS Act.
The word “person” as defined under sub-section (b-2) of section 2 of the OGLS Act refers to only natural person. When any land is settled in favour of any institution or organization or authority or department, the same cannot be resumed if fallen vacant for identified period, without being used for the purpose for which it is settled. Further the provisions in the Rules framed under the OGLS Act. Hence, it is proposed to include the juristic or legal persons as mentioned above in the definition of the word “person” to maintain parity between the OGLS Act and Rules framed there under.
3. Amendment of Section 7-A (3) of the OGLS Act.
The second proviso to sub-section (3) of section 7-A of the Act provides that no proceeding under the said sub-section shall be initiated after the expiry of fourteen tears [from the date of the order. But the embargo put under the second proviso [to sub-section (3) of section 7-A of the OGLS Act restricts for initiation of proceeding after expiry of a period of fourteen years from the date of the order which helps unscrupulous persons to grab the Government land without being proceeded against.  Therefore, it is necessary to amend sub-section (3) of section 7-A of the OBLS Act, so as to remove the difficulties arising due to the period of limitation as provided therein.


Alienation of Government land measuring Ac. 0.642 dec. in mouza-Sijua, under Bhubaneswar Tahasil of Khurda District in favour of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India on a token premium of Rs.1/ for establishment of AIIMS-like institution at Bhubaneswar.
1. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India have filed requisition before State Government for allotment of Ac.0.642 Government land in Mouza- Sijua under Bhubaneswar Tahasil of Khurda district for setting up a branch of AIIMS in Bhubaneswar on free premium as the said land is surrounded by the area already alienated in favour of the Ministry earlier.
2. The Collector, Khurda has worked out the Government dues Rs.25,68,000/- (Rupees twenty five lakh sixty eight thousand) only payable as per the provisions of OGLS Act and Rules towards land premium and Rs.11,23,500/- (Rupees eleven lakh twenty three thousand five hundred) only towards capitalized value of ground rent and cess and Rs.2,56,800/- (Rupees Two lakh fifty six thousand eight hundred) only towards incident charges in respect of the Government land identified for the purpose.
3. Cabinet have approved the sanction of alienation of Government land measuring Ac.0.642 in Mouza Sijua under Bhubaneswar Tahasil of Khurda district in favour of Ministry of H & F.W., Government of India on a token premium of Rs.1/- and Government dues to the extent of Rs,39,48,300/- has been waived by the Government.
Policy for regularization of contractual appointees and ‘New Recruitment Policy’ for future recruitment of Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ employees.
1. The proposed policy for regularization of contractual appointees would provide scope for formulation a uniform and standardized procedure for Career Progression of the contractual employees engaged in different Government offices / establishments.
2. On completion of 6 years of continuous contractual engagement, the services of the contractual employees engaged following the recruitment procedure prescribed for the corresponding regular post, against contractual posts created with the concurrence of Finance Department on abolition of the corresponding regular posts, may be regularized by reviving the corresponding regular posts.
3. On completion of 6 years of continuous contractual engagement, the service of the contractual employees engaged following the recruitment procedure prescribed for the corresponding regular posts, against contractual posts created with the concurrence of Finance Department without abolition of any corresponding regular post in case of new offices or for strengthening of the existing offices / services, may be regularized by creating the corresponding regular post.
4. In case of contractual appointments / engagements made against contractual posts created with the concurrence of Finance Department, without following the recruitment procedure and ORV Act / Rules prescribed for the corresponding regular posts and contractual engagements made through manpower service providing agencies with concurrence of Finance Department, the concerned contractual employees who are below the age of 45 years and who have completed at least one year of continuous contractual service may be allowed relaxation of the criteria of age, if they desire to appear in the regular Recruitment Examination / Tests for the c
5. Corresponding regular posts against which they have been engaged, provided they possess the prescribed qualifications for the corresponding regular post. 1% extra weightage may be given for each completed year of contractual service subject to maximum extra weightage of 15%.
6. The ‘New Recruitment Policy’ for future recruitment of Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ employees would help in containing non-plan revenue expenditure on account of salary  and ensure long term fiscal stability of the State.
7. The G.A. Department will frame separate rules under Article 309 of the Constitution of India for giving effect to policy for regularization of contractual appointees and ‘New Recruitment Policy’ for future recruitment of Group ‘C’ & ‘D’ employees.
Reorganisation of Blocks in Malkangiri District.
In order to make the service delivery system and execution of developmental works smoother and faster, the boundaries of the Seven Blocks in Malkangiri District are needed to be reorganized. The people will get rid of the difficulties now being experienced by them to approach the Block as well as Tahasil Office. This will also reduce extremist activities in the area in a great extent and help in better Governance and administration.
Excise Department
Government in Excise Department have proposed to amend the Odisha Lower Excise Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2011 to facilitate retaining promotional quota for matriculate Excise Constables to the post of Assistant Sub-Inspector of Excise so that sufficient nos. of eligible Assistant Sub-Inspector of Excise are available for promotion to the post of Sub-Inspector of Excise.
50% of the vacancies in the post of Sub-Inspector of Excise are filled up by direct recruitment and remaining 50% are filled up by way of promotion from amongst the eligible matriculate Assistant Sub-Inspector of Excise as per rule. Upto the year, 1993 suitable non-matriculate candidates were being appointed as Excise Constables. Therefore, most of the non-matriculate senior Excise Constables are at the top of the Gradation List if promoted to the post of ASI of Excise will not be eligible for promotion to the post of Sub-Inspector of Excise. This practice will lead to create a great vacuum in the promotional post of Sub-Inspector of Excise. Therefore, it has been decided to amend the Odisha Lower Excise Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of service) Rules, 2011 by inserting a provision to the effect that not less than 50% of the post ASI of Excise shall be filled up from among the eligible Excise Constables who have passed H.S.C. Examination.

AA-3 REVENUE & D.M. DEPARTMENT

The cabinet has decided for amendment in the rules of the Odisha Ministerial Service (Method of Recruitment and Conditions of Service of Clerks in the District Registration Offices) Rules, 1975 to cope with the needs of changing time, and to facilitate the promotional aspects staff working in the registration offices in exigency of public service. The present amendment will facilitate 90% direct recruitment of junior clerks and 10% promotion from among the Group-D employees of Registration Offices.
It has been decided that the Govt. it may by order, for reasons to be recorded in writing, the criteria to facilitate the promotion any of the provisions of these rules with respect to any class or category of persons or posts in the service of Senior clerk to Head clerks in the registration offices.
 
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