Odisha Cabinet approves Electric Vehicle Policy-2021

Odisha Cabinet approves Electric Vehicle Policy-2021

The State Cabinet on Friday approved the Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy-2021 with an objective to achieve adoption of 20 per cent EVs in all vehicle registrations by 2025. The Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also approved the draft Odisha Sand Policy-2021 to ensure sustainable mining.
Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra said that the electric vehicle policy envisages to promote manufacturing of electric vehicles and its components including battery in the State. Besides, innovation, research and development in areas relating to electric vehicles and batteries will also be promoted, he added.
The Chief Secretary said that under the proposed policy guidelines, it has been decided to extend financial incentives for manufacturing industries, purchase and scrapping incentives and interest subvention in loans, waiving of road tax and registration fees during the policy period.
He said that incentives will be given under the start-up policy of the MSME department. Under the sand policy, demand and supply will be estimated, the Chief Secretary said and added that sources of sand will also be identified.
There will be a Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) survey of the sand sairat sources. Putting in place a mining plan, environment and other statutory clearances also forms part of the policy.
The Chief Secretary said that the objective of the policy is to prevent the scope of illegal mining of sand and ensure a robust monitoring mechanism for sand mining with use of IT-based regulation from identification of source to final end users.
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