Odisha Cabinet Tuesday approved a proposal to introduce an Act to regulate fishing and fishery activities in Chilika lake,the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia.
Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting Chief Secretary A P Padhi said the Act was necessary to regulate fishery activities in a responsible and sustainable manner and to address the rights of the traditional fishermen living in and around Chilika.
The proposed Act will prohibits certain activities detrimental to the long term interest of the stakeholders like fishing in eco-sensitive areas including outer channel, use of zero net, mantle nets and net box having mesh size less than 10 MM, capture of some species of cabs, prawn and prawn below a particular size and mullet fishing during breeding seasons and aqua culture, including pen, cage and gherries culture.
The Act empowers the Chika Development Authority to grant sub-lease and to impose and take action for the contravention of the Act.
In another decision the government decided to reduce the VAT on Aviation Turbine Fuel from 5 per cent to one per cent in the Airports covered under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) UDAN for RCS flights from other Airports located within the state for a period of ten years.
The reduction was made as per an agreement signed between the Civil Aviation Ministry, Odisha government and Airport Authority of India.The Cabinet also approved a proposal to include rice hullers rice mills, flour mills pulse mills in the list of ineligible enterprise and decided not to give them subsidy any further.
The state government also decided to set up a 100 seated Medical College and Teaching Hospital at Keonjhar on turnkey basis to promote medical education in the state at a cost of Rs 314.23 crore.
The cabinet approved the lowest tender of M/S TATA projects Limited for the execution of the work.The entire fund would be provided from the District Mineral Fund and the work has been targeted to be completed within two years without any price escalation.
The Odisha government also decided to promulgate an ordinance to establish a council for higher education to provide for promotion of higher education and research including university and college education at under graduate and post graduate level in the state.
The proposed Council will also promote autonomy of higher educational institutions for free pursuit of knowledge and innovation, facilitating access, inclusion and opportunities to all and to provide for an advisory mechanism of eminent peers in academia.BM