THE STATE Cabinet today decided to increase the rate of trade tax on washing soap from 8 per cent to 12.5 per cent and cleared the much-awaited Women Policy. It also approved upgradation of the Reliance Energy Limited’s (REL) Roza Thermal Power Plant from 600 MW to 1200 MW.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav chaired Cabinet meeting today decided to raise trade tax on detergent. The decision will make the government richer by another Rs 27.63 crore. Similarly, the decision to increase trade tax on crude oil and natural gas by 1 per cent will generate additional revenue of almost Rs 57 crore.
The nod to the new Women Policy will help the uplift of women in economic, social and other sectors. There are 7.86 crore women in UP.
The Cabinet also relaxed rules for supply of ‘sarees’ to women living below the poverty line. Under the relaxed rules, the turn over of companies supplying ‘sarees’ has been reduced from Rs 25 crore to Rs 10 crore.
The State Cabinet decided to allow postal order as one of options to deposit fees under Right to Information Act. It gave nod to provide Hindi translation of documents obtained under the RTI Act. The Cabinet also decided to place on the table of the State Legislature the inquiry report of the Taj Expressway project that gave clean chit to Mayawati Government.
The Cabinet approved the levy price that the Centre had announced for levy rice for current kharif season of 2006-07. New rates will remain in force from October 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007. The purchase price of paddy of common variety has been fixed at Rs 580 per quintal while Rs 610 per quintal would be given for Grade A paddy. The farmers would also be given Rs 40 per quintal as bonus.
The Cabinet approved the proposal to increase the generation capacity of the REL’s thermal power project from 600 MW to 1200 MWs. Out of the additional 600 MWs of power 300 MWs would be made available to Uttar Pradesh while remaining 300 MWs would be supplied to other states. Uttar Pradesh would get power 12 paise cheaper.
The REL is learnt to have agreed to supply power at Rs 2.15 per unit. The State Government would give 30 per cent concession on land to be given for the project while entry tax and trade tax would be levied for 12 years.
The State Cabinet approved purchase of equipment for the Pareechha power plant for Rs 610 crore. The UPPCL has already asked the BHEL to supply some equipment for the project.
The State Cabinet gave its nod to the Rs 33.19-crore rehabilitation package for UPICA. The State Government has sent the rehabilitation package to the Centre on October 30, 2006. As per the package the UPICA will be able to do away with its 308 employees. The UPICA will be able to re-employ such employees and there will be no fresh recruitment.
In another decision the Cabinet gave its go ahead to signing of MoU with Central Government departments to get funds under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission Programme under which seven cities Lucknow, Mathura, Allahabad, Kanpur, Meerut, Agra and Varanasi have been selected for all round development. Under the programme projects of e-governance, and mapping of cities will be carried out, besides the construction of low cost houses for those living below poverty line.