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UP Cabinet rescinds Maya govt’s demolition policy

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, October 04, 2013
First Published: 09:57 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 10:01 IST(4/10/2013)

The state cabinet on Thursday decided to rescind the BSP government’s ‘demolition policy’ and ordered a probe to ascertain the facts for filing of an affidavit by a senior officer in the high court justifying the policy of the previous regime.

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Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav presided over the meeting of the state cabinet that also approved new guidelines for the use of Special Component Plan (SCP) and the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) and decided to set up 10 eco sensitive zones in the state.

“The state cabinet has decided to rescind the two government orders (GOs) issued on March 26, 2008 (giving details of the demolition policy) and September 26, 2011 (amending the demolition policy),” said chief secretary Javed Usmani while briefing media persons here.

With this, the state cabinet has reversed yet another policy of the BSP regime. In pursuance of this policy, the BSP government had demolished the “Parikalp Nagar” near Ashiana area in Lucknow.

It had formulated the policy to demolish some existing structures (Parikalp Nagar included residential and office buildings of irrigation department) to pave way for construction of parks and memorials.

Usmani said the state cabinet also decided to order an inquiry into filing of an affidavit justifying the policy in the high court.

Whether the officer sought necessary approval from an appropriate level before filing the affidavit would be looked into, said Usmani. He said a committee led by retired IAS officer SAT Rizvi had found irregularities and called the decision to demolish “Parikalp Bhawan” arbitrary.

Both the GOs notifying the new policy would be nullified, he said. Various provisions of the UP Municipal Corporation Act 1959, however, could be used as an option for demolition now.

PADDY PROCUREMENT

The cabinet approved the paddy procurement policy for 2013-2014. As per the policy the price for common category of paddy had been fixed at Rs. 1310 per quintal while for grade A the price would eb Rs. 1345 per quintal.

The state cabinet fixed a target of procuring 25 lakh metric tonne of paddy from October 1 to Feb 28, 2014. The cabinet approved amendment to the rules to ensure proper use of the UP Legislators Area Development Fund.

As per the revised rules, the work under the development fund would not be carried out through the NGOs or contractors.

The legislators would submit separate proposals of work to be carried out in their area. No single proposal would however exceed Rs. 25 lakh.

The legislators would not be able to recommend work relating to any institution or trust that have his/her family members as office bearers.

The work relating to installation of CCTV cameras would be allowed from the legislators fund.

District police chiefs with the funds of home department would carry out the maintenance work for such systems.


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