Cabinet approves Odisha Sand Policy-2021

Bhubaneswar: The cabinet on Friday approved Odisha Sand Policy-2021 for ensuring adequate supply of sand for developmental projects and construction works.

The policy is in accordance with the environmental regulations, to ensure adequate supply of sand for developmental and welfare projects, private construction works, and to prevent the scope of illegal mining of sand.

Odisha Sand Policy-2021 also aims to ensure a robust monitoring mechanism for sand mining with use of IT-based regulation of the sand mining from identification of source to final end-users.

In another relief to the employees in private educational institutions, the cabinet decided that the Principals of the private educational institutions who were declared as drawing and disbursing officers (DDOs) would be the provisional pension sanctioning authority for the employees other than himself/herself.

The provisional pensions of the Principals would be sanctioned by the concerned Regional Directors.

The agenda bid for the construction of thick plastic concrete cut-off wall at the heel of the left side earth dam of Kanpur irrigation project in Keonjhar district was also approved in the meeting. The work would be completed in eleven months.