Haryana cabinet which met under the chairmanship of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here on Sunday raised the retirement age of the class IV employees from 60 years to 62.
While Hooda had on Saturday only announced to raise the retirement age for all government employees from 58 to 60 years, the cabinet approved the same and decided to give an option to the employees to serve till the age of 60 years provided they were fit to continue in service.
However, since the retirement age of class IV employees is already 60 years, they too were included with the raise in the retirement age to 62 by the cabinet on Sunday.
There were about 3 lakh government employees including about 50,000 class IV employees in Haryana.
Nod to amnesty scheme on VAT arrears
The cabinet also approved to bring an ordinance for inserting ‘amnesty scheme’ in the Haryana Value Added Tax (VAT) Act 2003 to facilitate recovery of old arrears of taxes and to provide relief to all types of dealers from payment of penalties and interest in the state.
The scheme would enable the state to recover old arrears of various taxes which were outstanding and were difficult to recover despite the efforts of the excise and taxation department. At present there was no enabling provision in the said Act to notify the amnesty scheme.
Old tax arrears including interest and penalty amounting to `5560.43 crore were outstanding in the state as on June 30, 2014 under the Haryana Value Added Tax Act 2003 and Central Sales Tax Act 1956.
VAT relief on textile products
The cabinet authorised Hooda to provide tax relief under Haryana Value Added Tax Act, 2003 to textile and textile products such as sarees, shawls and unstitched ladies suits, bed sheets with pillow covers of up to `500 and textile mats of value not exceeding `50 per piece. All other types of textile made up to be brought under lower rate of tax (5% tax plus surcharge), Hooda said.
Daily wagers' regularisation
The cabinet also decided that regularisation policy would be applicable to the work charge, daily wages, ad hoc employees. In addition, this policy and the regularisation policy for group 'B' employees would also be applicable to all boards and corporations of the state.
Martyrs' kin to get govt job
The cabinet decided to amend its existing policy for providing compassionate appointment in feeder cadre in class III and IV posts to a dependent of martyr of armed forces personnel or para military forces personnel. As per the amendment, the dependent of martyrs who lost their life prior to January 1, 2014 would be covered under the policy. This decision would provide equal opportunity to those dependents of martyrs who were killed in action in border skirmishes, terrorist attacks or riots in additional to other financial benefits to the bereaved family.
The cabinet decided to give government job to Meenakhsi widow of martyr Dalbir Singh, a resident of Pipli village, tehsil Kharkhoda in Sonepat district under the policy. Likewise, Ashwani Kumar son of martyr Rampal Singh, assistant commandant CRPF resident of Chhochhi village, tehsil Beri in Jhajjar district was also given job. The Cabinet also decided to provide government job in group C and D posts in police department to 17 dependents of Haryana police martyrs.
Computer operators regularised
The cabinet decided to regularise the services of those computer operators who had completed three years service in total or in two different departments provided that they were engaged against regular posts.
Computer faculty to continue
The cabinet announced that the computer faculty engaged through service providers would continue to be paid directly by the department of school education on the same basis as before even after the termination process has started in respect of the service providers. The computer faculty was asked to continue to report for duty in the same school where they were deputed before May 31, 2014. Hooda also announced to extend the last date for qualifying the HTET and BEd exams (in respect of PGTs) from April 1, 2015 to January 1, 2018.
Medal winners to get jobs
The cabinet decided that the Commonwealth Games medal winners who had not applied for jobs, would be given jobs and authorised the chief minister to give any relaxation, if required, on the recommendation of committee.
The cabinet decided to give regular promotion to Amit Kumar, ORP inspector from the date he was promoted as ORP inspector under sports quota. Kumar was an outstanding wrestler who brought laurels to the state and nation in various national and international championships.
Land for social, religious fora
The cabinet approved the policy for allotment of government land for social, religious, charitable trusts or institutions for construction of places of worship, dharamshala, janjghar or community centre etc. As per the policy, the applicant should be a registered legal entity, a society registered under the Haryana registration and regulation of societies Act 2012, or a trust registered under the Indian Trust Act or a not-for-profit company registered as such under the Indian Companies Act. The government would consider allotment of land only at places where the government land was available and could be spared for the purpose after meeting the government needs. This policy did not in any manner create a right in anybody to demand allotment of land for the said purposes.
Shamlat land exchange
The cabinet approved the exchange of shamlat land measuring 1 kanal 10 marla of gram panchayat Khaika, block Sohna, district Gurgaon with private companies land measuring two kanal two marla. Gram panchayat Khaika passed a resolution to this effect as the passage passed through the land of companies. After this, the passage would be on one side of the companies land. The cabinet also approved the exchange of shamlat land measuring 113 kanal 16 marla of Gram Panchyat Ullawas, Block Sohna, district Gurgaon with that of private companies land measuring 113 kanal 16 marla. The gram panchayat had passed a resolution for exchange of its land in shamlat as this land of passages and nullahs were of no use for the inhabitants of village and the said land was surrounded by the land of these private companies.
The cabinet approved amendment in the policy or grant of licence for low-density eco-friendly colonies in the state. Presently, minimum area requirement for establishment of such colony was 100 acres. No additional licenses in continuation of a license already granted for such colonies would be allowed unless the applicant has chunk of at least 25 acres for which additional licence application could be submitted. No such colony would be allowed in the blocks notified by the Central Ground Water Board from time to time imposing restrictions on withdrawal of ground water unless the applicant obtains the necessary permission for ground water extraction from the competent authority as designated by the board.
All other fees and charges, viz., scrutiny fees licence fees, and conversion charges, i.e., except IDC would be applicable at double the rates as prescribed for normal residential plotted colonies under the Act No 8 of 1975 and under Act no 41 of 1963, since nominal EDC was being recovered. IDC would continue to be levied at the rates prescribed for plotted colonies.
Yamunanagar plant oustees to get govt jobs
The cabinet also decided to provide employment to 59 land oustees of Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Plant, Yamunanagar, in different power utilities in the state. Nine oustees would be given employment in Haryana Vidhut Prasaran Nigam Limited (HVPNL) whereas 23 oustees would be given employment in Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL), 14 in Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVNL) and 13 in Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (DHBVNL).
The cabinet approved the amendment in notification regarding constitution of Haryana State Commission for Scheduled Castes. As per the amendment, a member from amongst the five members would be designated as vice-chairperson. The commission would consist of a total of six members including one chairperson and a vice-chairperson.