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Odisha to Launch Nabakrushna Choudhury Seccha Unnayan Yojana

Published on November 24, 2017
Odisha has decided to launch a new agricultural scheme called Nabakrushna Choudhury Seccha Unnayan Yojana

  • The new scheme has the estimated cost of  Rs 635 crore and it aims to provide irrigation facility to about 55,000 hectare of agricultural land across the state. 
  • The scheme has been named after former chief minister and freedom fighter Nabakrushna Choudhury.
  • Under the scheme, 46,296 hectare command area of 14 major and medium irrigations and 284 minor irrigation projects will be revived
  • The cabinet has decided to reduce the rate of VAT to 5 per cent on use of natural gas in industrial and domestic sectors while it will be 15 per cent when used as fuel in vehicles
  • The cabinet of the state has also approved amendment to the Wildlife (protection) (Odisha) Rules, 1974.
  • The amendment is made for enhancement of compensation payment for human killing and death of sheep, goat and lamb by wild animals.
  • From now, family members of someone killed in wild animal would attack get Rs 4 lakh as compensation instead of Rs 3 lakh given earlier
  •  The cabinet also approved a proposal to take Rs 1071 crore loan from the World Bank for development of infrastructure in 140 colleges and 11 universities.

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