Odisha sets up special entity ‘State level Facilitation Cell (SLFC)’ to fast track Investment approvals

The Odisha government has set up a special entity State level Facilitation Cell (SLFC) to fast track approvals through hassle free Single Window Clearance for investment projects.

To speed up the investment proposals SLFC has categorised companies in two broad categories — green and non-green.

The companies under Green category are largely comprises of agri-based industries, cottage industries, food-processing, textiles, chemicals, building materials, and consumer goods.

For the Green category projects SLFC will provide clearances within 15 days whereas, all other industrial projects placed under the non-green category would receive approvals within 30 days.

The formation of SLFC was done in line with to make Odisha one of the most favoured destinations for investors which lagged behind to attract big ticket investors and to promote ease of doing business in the state.

About State level Facilitation Cell (SLFC):

  • The Board consist of member from Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco), State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (OPTCL), directorate of factories and boilers, water resources department on a full-time basis and representatives of national level industry association to mentor and guide investors.
  • The members will monitor the general and special conditions of approved project proposals and facilitate their timely implementation.


Odisha Cabinet approves Fisheries Policy 2015

Odisha state cabinet approved ‘Fisheries Policy, 2015’, with an objective to increase the productivity and production of fish from island, marine and brackishwater resources.

As per the Odisha Fisheries Policy:

  • The state government has set targets 7.15 lakh tonne of total fish production by the end of 2019-20 from present level of 4.13 lakh tonnes.
  • Inland fish production target has set to 5.30 lakh tonnes from 2.63 lakh tonnes for the next five years.
  • The freshwater fish productivity is aimed to be increased to 3.5 tonnes per hectare from 2.13 tonnes per hectare through extensive farming practices.
  • State government to develop 15,000 hectares of new ponds and tanks for freshwater aquaculture in 30 districts by 2020.
  • State expects the Fisheries Policy will create an additional direct employment for 60,000 persons.

Fisheries Sector of India:

India stands second in world in fish production after China and shares 5.43 percent of global fish market.

In India fisheries constitute about 1 per cent of its GDP and 4.75 per cent of agriculture GDP.

The total fish production during 2013-14 was 9.58 MT.

Top five states in fish production are 1) Andhra Pradesh 2) West Bengal 3) Gujarat 4) Kerala 5) Tamil Nadu.


Odisha Government approves Housing for All policy in urban areas

Odisha government has approved a new policy for ‘Housing for All’ in urban areas of state.

The new policy was approval of the State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar.

Key facts

  • The policy aims to work towards strategies for creating a steady supply of affordable housing stock in order to cater to the growing demands.
  • It envisages provisions enabling framework for implementation of affordable housing projects, redevelopment and slum rehabilitation projects in order to facilitate development of housing schemes in urban areas.
  • People belonging to Low Income Group (LIG) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) would benefit from the policy.