Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government will form 8,000 Biju Yuva Vahini (BYV) in the state.

The state cabinet, which met here under the chairmanship of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, here on Wednesday, has decided to form the BJV in 6800 gram panchyats and 113 urban local bodies in the state.

The cabinet accorded its approval to 17 proposals.

The daily allowances of speaker, deputy speaker and ministers has been increased from Rs150 to Rs800 for attending the assembly or assembly committee meetings. The enhanced daily allowances would be effective from January 1, 2017

The government is soon going to laid down legislation to punish those who fail to use Odia language in official dealings. The proposed law would also have provision to rewards for use of Odia language.

Shops and commercial establishments in the state will now have to writing their sign boards in Odia. Violators will be punished with fines between Rs 1000 to 5000 for first time offence and Rs 5000 to Rs 25,000 for second time offence.

A 3.39 km long bridge would be constructed cross Mahanadi connecting Badamba-Narsinghpur and Baideswar Pitha with an investment of Rs 110 crore.

The cabinet extended the licenses of 6250 private retailers distributing PDS commodities for one year. The PDS in the state is managed by 12,602 Fair Price Shops out of which 6352 are institutional dealers and 6250 are private dealers. It also resolved to regularise the service of 170 Gram Panchyat Technical Assistants working under MGNREGS .