Bhubaneswar: With an aim to protect and propagate the rich Odia culture, tradition and language, Odisha government today constituted ‘Heritage Cabinet’. A notification in this regard has been issued parliament affairs.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will head the Cabinet while minister of other departments likes Higher Education minister, Finance, Odia language, literature & culture and tourism, handlooms, textiles & handicrafts, SC, ST development, higher education, school & mass education and electronics & IT minister will be the member.
Chief Secretary is the secretary of the cabinet while secretary of Odia language, literature & culture is its convener. Secretaries of all six departments will be special invitees on the cabinet. It will take policy decisions and give advice.
Another aim of the panel is to study, research and preserve Odia language & culture and work in tandem with institutes of repute. The cabinet will prepare and approve short-term and long-term plans to maintain harmony among Odia language, literature and culture. In 2016, the state government had formed an agriculture cabinet to fast-track policy making.