Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Naveenspeak
While addressing the meeting held on the completion of one year in office of the fourth term, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked his council of ministers not to go by the feedbacks of the bureaucrats alone but cross check from the people while reviewing welfare schemes. “Do not always go by the feedback of the bureaucracy alone.
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The prevailing heat wave condition today further intensified across Odisha with the industrial town of Angul recording a maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius even as the Odisha government confirmed four deaths due to sunstroke.
NPAs, overdue loans cause of concern for banks in State
Bankers in the State are a worried lot with rising non performing assets (NPA) and overdue loans in State.
“Dattatreya's statement on ESI medical college unfortunate”
Dubbing Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya's statement on the proposed medical college of ESIC in Odisha as "unfortunate", state government today said it would strongly protest any move to drop the project.
State blames Centre for uncertainty over Posco project
A day after Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sought to blame the state government for the uncertainty over Posco project, Odisha government today held the Centre responsible for the "present situation".
CB arrests Vista CA in ponzi scam
Days after arresting the chief and two directors of Vista Management Services, the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the State Crime Branch arrested the Chartered Accountant of the chit fund firm today in connection with the chitgate.
Poor power linkage policy hit aluminium plant: Vedanta
Mining and minerals giant Vedanta today said it is operating its Jharsugda aluminium facility at a mere 25 per cent of installed capacity while putting the blame on State government for absence of power linkage policy and raw material crunch.
NDA failed on governance, black money recovery plan: Cong
The Congress today blamed the NDA government of having flunked to keep its twin promises of good governance and bringing back black money stashed abroad.
MGNREGS wages through mobile phones scheme launched
A programme for payment of MGNREGS wages through mobile phones of the beneficiaries was launched at Rampa gram panchayat in Ganjam district, official sources said here today.
The State government today announced extending paddy procurement automation (P-PAS) system to all districts from the next Kharif Marketing Season (KMS). The scheme is being implemented in 60 high paddy procuring blocks of 22 districts and the money is being paid to farmers directly to bank accounts of farmers. “We have successfully operated P-PAS system in 60 blocks through which farmers are getting payment for sale of their paddy online in their bank accounts. We have decided to cover all the districts under P-PAS system from the next KMS. This will remove several troubles of farmers including the payment which figures as the major one,” Food Supply and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma told reporters here. Giving details of procurement during the current KMS, the Minister said the State Cabinet has approved procurement of 30 lakh metric tonne of paddy this KMS both in Kharif and Rabi. “During Kharif, we have procured 27.05 lakh MT of rice. In return, Rs 5,386 crore has been paid to farmers against paddy. This includes Rs 2,575 crore payment online through P-PAS system to 2 lakh 28,816 farmers. Food Corporation of India (FCI) has lifted 8.71 lakh MT,” Dasburma said. “Odisha is now one among five rice surplus States of the country. Since introduction of decentralised procurement (DCP) during 2003-04, the State has achieved such feat,” the Minister added. Regarding Potato Mission, he said the State government has launched long term and short term action plans. As per recommendations of the State Task Force, the government has planned to set up 130 cold storages as part of long term and create buffer stock of potato as short term plans.
Chief Secretary GC Pati today directed the Collectors, Divisional Forest Officers and Horticulture Department officials to take up plantation activities in convergence with MGNREGS funds.
P-PAS to cover all districts from next KMS
The State government today announced extending paddy procurement automation (P-PAS) system to all districts from the next Kharif Marketing Season (KMS).

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