Odisha Simplifies Land allotment Process To Boost Flailing Tourism Sector

In what could be a welcome move for Odisha’s tourism sector, the state government has eased land allotment provisions to boost investment into the cash-strapped industry. The latest provisions were enacted after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved of the amendments to the Odisha Tourism Policy, 2016.

“As per the amendment, Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) will now identify, acquire and allot land for tourism and hotel projects from its land bank,” said an official source. Chief secretary Asit Tripathy said that several anomalies concerning the land allotment procedure had now been simplified and that only the approval by a single-window committee could be considered final.

The cabinet also cleared the amendments to the Factories Act, 1948, which will grant significant leeway to the industrial lobby in the state. The amendments virtually insulate non-hazardous factories with twenty or more workers from paying fees, plan approval, licence renewal, and regular inspection. Exemptions will only be made in case of complaints or accidents.

Similarly, an amendment to the Industrial Disputes Act (1947) was also effected upon the recommendations of the Central government. “Both the amendments in factories law and industrial disputes law are aimed at creating a conducive business environment in the state,” said a senior official.

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