THE STATE Cabinet at its meeting here today decided to increase the income limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh to categorise the creamy layer in the backward classes in the State. The decision was taken in view of a similar decision taken by the Central Government.
The MLAs’ long-pending demand for laptops to them from the State Government funds was taken care of by the Cabinet and it decided to give laptop to them subject to a maximum expenditure of Rs 35,000 per head. It sanctioned an amount of Rs 80.85 lakh for providing laptops/computers to the 230 MLAs.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired the meeting. The Cabinet decided to establish a Sanskrit University at Ujjain to be named after the great ancient India scholar Panini. For that purpose, the Cabinet approved Maharishi Panini Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya Bill-2006.
By deciding to repeal a provision in Madhya Pradesh Krishik Pashu Parirakshan Act, 1959 the Cabinet decided to enforce a total ban on cow progeny slaughter.
The government has already put the ban on the cow progeny slaughter by enacting Gauvansh Pratishedh Adhiniyam, 2004, but a provision in the 1959 Act ran contrary to the ban provisions.
The provision repealed suggested that agricultural animals which included cows, calves and bullocks could be slaughtered with the permission from the competent authorities.
The other important decisions of the Cabinet meeting today included building a convention-cum-trade centre at Minto Hall (Old Vidhan Sabha premises) at Bhopal and an auto-testing track at Pithampur.
The trade centre would be developed on 15-acre land on the old Vidhan Sabha premises. The land and the buildings on it would be transferred to the Department of Industries for raising the trade centre. The buildings on the premises include that of Pt Kunjilal Dubey Rashtriya Sansdiya Vidyapeetha, the Directorate of Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation, Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre’s clinic and a Fisheries Centre.
The Cabinet gave its nod for the tripartite agreement between Bharat Vyapar Mela Vikas Pradhikaran, Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam and the State Government.
For the auto-testing track, the Cabinet decided to acquire 4000-acre land at Pithampur. It was also decided to request the Central Government that the cost of the land be treated as the State Government’s equity in the project.
The Cabinet gave its nod to the proposals for five new roads under BOT. The proposed roads include 142.20-km Bhopal-Dewas road to be constructed at the cost of Rs 463 crore, 125-km Jaora-Nayagon road at the cost of Rs 422 crore, 108-km Matkuli-Tamia-Chhindwara road, 100-km Chandpur-Alirajpur-Kukshi-Badwani road and 44-km Mandsaur-Sitamau road.
The total expenditure on all these five projects would be Rs 1465.44 crore. The first two projects would be funded by the Central Government while in the remaining three the State Government would contribute its part.
The Cabinet approved a proposal to establish a veterinary degree college and hospital in Rewa district. It also sanctioned a sum of Rs 42 crore, 109 teaching posts and 99 non-teaching posts for the same. The State has two veterinary degree colleges at present at Mhow and Jabalpur.
The Cabinet granted permission to fill six posts of State Forest Service (assistant forest ranger) through Public Service Commission.
A Sri Digambar Jain Sarvodya Shiksha Gyanpeetha Samiti, Bhopal, would be given land at Badwai village for establishing a Vidyasagar Medical College.
The Cabinet approved the proposal to constitute a Cabinet Committee for implementing Information Technology policy. The CM would head the committee.
The Cabinet okayed the proposal to fill 40 posts under the Finance Department. The divisional offices of Department of Agriculture at Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Sagar, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Rewa would be revived.
The Cabinet approved Madhya Pradesh Rajya Suraksha Adhiniyam (amendment) Bill, Madhya Pradesh Rajya Vitta Ayog (amendment bill) 2006, Madhya Pradesh VAT (second amendment 2006) Bill and several other bills which would be introduced in the State Assembly’s Monsoon session.
1 Laptops/computers to MLAs
2 Total ban on cow progeny slaughter
3 Increase in income limit of back ward class’s creamy layer
4 Convention-cum-trade centre at Minto Hall (Old Vidhan Sabha)
5 Five roads at the cost of Rs 1465.44 crore under BOT
6 Veterinary degree college in Rewa
7 Sanskrit University at Ujjain
8 Auto-testing track at Pithampur, Dhar