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Odisha: Government asks ODVIB to create 60,000 jobs

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has asked the Odisha Khadi and Village Industries Board (OKVIB) to prepare a road map to generate 60,000 jobs in the next four years, said an official on Wednesday.

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The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) department has asked the board to chalk out a proposal for implementation of a employment generation programme for providing employment to over 60,000 people by 2019 and furnish it to the government, said MSME additional secretary F.M. Nayak in a letter to the secretary of OKVIB.

The board has been asked to meet the target of creating 15,000 jobs every year, including 1,250 jobs every month.

The MSME department took the decision to enhance employment opportunities in the sector following the advice of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Nayak asked the board to come up with a definite strategy for promotion of village industries so that more employment opportunities for the youths can be generated for the next four years.

During that period, the department would revive 60 khadi societies. It has also been decided to promote bee farmers in the state.

The government has targeted to promote 10,000 bee farmers by 2019. The board has planned to open sales outlets in major cities and towns to promote sale of its various products.

(IANS)

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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found In Odisha Fish Sample

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne

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Cancer-causing chemical formalin was found in fish stocks available in the markets here, an official said on Friday.

Traces of cancer-causing formalin were found in Pomfret fish samples, collected from the Unit-IV fish market in Bhubaneswar, said Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department Secretary Vishal Gagan.

A 12-member team from the department collected samples of around nine varieties of fish including marine, freshwater, and brackish water from the market and Chilika Fresh outlets — fish retailers — on Friday.

While formalin content was found in Pomfret fish samples, Gagan said the entire stock will be destroyed if more fish tested positive.

After the Assam government banned the import of fish from Andhra Pradesh, the Odisha government on Thursday issued directions to examine the quality of fish being imported from Andhra Pradesh to detect the presence of formalin.

Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.
Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Formalin, a cancer-inducing chemical, is used to keep dead fish fresh and enhance their storage life.

Gagan also informed that a committee under the District Collectors will be formed to ensure that no prohibitory substances are used to preserve the stock.

“As only one out of nine samples has tested positive, we are now concentrating on collecting information from various parts of the state and will take an appropriate decision regarding a ban on fish imports,” he said.

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Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne. (IANS)

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