Amendment to Gram Panchayat Act Approved by State Cabinet

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Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday affirmed a proposal for amendment to the Gram Panchayat Act to encourage making of more than 500 panchayats in Odisha.

Sources said the quantity of panchayats in the State will increase by around 500 to 600 with the Cabinet choice today with regards to the ruling party’s promise in 2014 elections proclamation that there would be one panchayat for each 1,000 populace.

In addition, bookings for panchayat will be decided in one term when contrasted with two terms before after the amendment to the Gram Panchayat Act,

A proposal from the Health department on setting up of a health university got the Cabinet nod, said sources.

All medical colleges of the State will function under the new health univerrsity. Counselling, registration, administration and internal examinations will be managed by the new university, the sources added.

A proposal from the Housing and Urban Development department on amendment to the Bihar Odisha Places of Pilgrimage Act was approved at the cabinet meeting. As per the decision, the Puri Collector will henceforth look after the lodging of ‘Habisyalis’ visiting Puri instead of the RDC, the sources said.