Odisha Cabinet approved the Odisha Agriculture and Food Production Service

Bhubaneswar, Orissa. For Archive. Date:24/12/2010. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is at a function in Bhubaneswar. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet held under chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday approved the Odisha Agriculture and Food Production Service (Methods of Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules-2018 for creation of new posts in Agriculture Officers Service Cadre.

Under the rules, recruitment will be made to posts like Chief District Agriculture Officer (CDAO), Agriculture District Officer (ADO) and Block Agriculture Officer (BAO). The entry post to the cadre will be Assistant Agriculture Officer whereas other grades posts up to Additional Director of Agriculture will be promotional posts from among the feeder grade posts. The rule is applicable for all Agriculture Officers Service Cadre posts in Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment.

Besides, the Cabinet approved the food and procurement policy for Kharif marketing season 2018-19. Under the policy, the State Government fixed a target to procure 55 lakh metric tonne paddy (37 lakh metric tonne rice) for the season. And there would be no bar for procurement of any higher quantum of more paddy comes to mandis from registered farmers. The Cabinet also fixed procurement period. While Kharif paddy would be procured from November 2018 to April 2019, the Rabi paddy will be received from farmers from May to June 2019.

The farmers will receive cost of their paddy through bank accounts. The money will be transferred to their bank accounts within 24 to 72 hours.

According to the approved policy, the millers have to give 100 per cent delivery of custom miller rice (CMR) of previous KMS to participate in procurement operations in KMS 2018-19.

The paddy will be procured as per the MSP declared by Government of India (Rs 1,750 per quintal for common variety and Rs 1,770 per quintal for Grade A variety).

This apart, the Cabinet also approved a budgetary allocation of Rs 1,250 crore fund towards Ama Gaon Ama Vikas programme for the year 2018-19, under which new projects would be undertaken.

Local people, community organisations, public representatives, Government officials and other stakeholders can identify and suggest projects, to be finally approved the Chief Minister. And each approved would be completed within a period of one year.

Out of the total approved cost of the project, 2 per cent would be utilised as administrative contigncy, 1 per cent for block, 0.5 per cent for DRDAs and 0.5 per cent for various administrative expenditure.

The ceiling limit for each project will cost between Rs 1 and Rs 10 lakh and will be executed by Panchayat Samiti departmentally. The district Collector will supervise and monitor the work under the scheme.

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