Bhubaneswar, 16 July-2014, Chinmaya Dehury: The state Cabinet today cleared the Odisha State Policy for Girls and Women, 2014, which aims at “creating an enabling environment for girls and women and promotes equal opportunities, eliminates discrimination, ensures holistic development and empowerment through changes in social attitudes, building strong institutions and enhancing capacities.”
The policy aims to establish One Stop Service Centres in all the districts in a phased manner to extend care and support services for a range of needs of women victims/survivors of violence.
Under the new policy, the stamp duty on purchase of land or house will be less than normal if the owner is a woman.
The women’s SHG groups will also pay lesser amounts while taking government land on lease. Moreover, landless women will be provided with free government land of 4 decimals under the policy, sources said.
In order to improve the education sector, the policy lays emphasis on the setting up of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV)-like hostels at each block, and upgradation of existing KGBVs to secondary level by expanding capacity.
Besides, the Cabinet also approved for facilitation of rice selling by farmers outside the state.
The cabinet has decided to exempt 2% market fee and 2% sales tax on selling of rice to outside the state.
It has also decided to raise the ex gratia following death and injury due to attack of wild animals.
Now, the deceased family will get Rs 3 lakh instead of Rs 2 lakh as ex gratia following attack of wild animals. The injured person will get Rs one lakh instead of Rs 75,000.
The Cabinet also approved the proposal for setting up of the Birla Global University in the city.
(Input Source: Odisha Sun Times)