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Eyes on poll, Govt hands out sops

WITH AN eye on the forthcoming assembly elections, the State Government on Wednesday decided to provide textbooks free of cost to every student up to VIII standard in schools of basic education council. Besides, the government decided to appoint specialist doctors on contract basis.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 01:37 IST

To supply free textbooks up to class 8; specialist docs to be appointed on contract

WITH AN eye on the forthcoming assembly elections, the State Government on Wednesday decided to provide textbooks free of cost to every student up to VIII standard in schools of basic education council. Besides, the government decided to appoint specialist doctors on contract basis.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the State Cabinet,  chief secretary N C Bajpai told newsmen. Free textbooks were till now given only to the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes.

In a bid to tide over the shortage of specialist doctors, the government decided to appoint 134 specialists on contract basis. He said retired specialist doctors would be appointed on contract basis and paid a consolidate sum of Rs. 15,500 per month.

Bajpai said that the Cabinet approved the appointment of 134 neurologists, nephrologists, psychiatrists, plastic surgeons and gastro-physicians on contract basis.

He said that only retired government doctors would be appointed as specialists who would work for six hours everyday. A sum of Rs 500 per day would be deducted from their salary if they were found absent from duty. A committee, headed by district magistrates, comprising chief medical officer and two nominees of DM, would make the appointments, he said.

The Government also restored the old system of imposing penalty on transporters for overloading their trucks.

Besides, the Cabinet decided to enhance pension payable to sanitary and clerical staff of local bodies.

It also decided to pay gratuity to the non-teaching staff retiring at the age of 60 from government-aided secondary schools.

The Cabinet decided to constitute Water Users Associations at the level of ‘kulaba’ (drains) for taking the irrigation water to fields.

Much significance is being attached to the decision as the World Bank (WB) is funding the UP State Water Restructuring Project. The officials said that there was no pressure from the WB and the State Government was only following the Central guidelines. The Centre agreed to sanction maintenance grants for the drains carrying 150 cusec water. They said that the decision would help to empower the framers and ensure proper distribution of water.        

Bajpai said the decision to constitute Water Users’ Associations was taken on the directives of the Centre as part of ongoing reforms.

Referring to the decision to extend the benefit of gratuity to the non-teaching staff of government-aided secondary schools retiring at the age of 60, he said at present the gratuity to the non-teaching staff of these schools was payable to the employees only if they retired at the age of 58 years.

Regarding scrapping of the compounding scheme on overloading of trucks, Bajpai said a sum of Rs 2000 per tonne would be charged on the first tonne of overloading. A sum of Rs 1,000 per tonne would be charged thereafter, he said.

The Cabinet waived a guarantee fee of Rs 20 lakh to be charged on the loan of Rs 20 crore that the UP Minorities Finance Welfare Corporation had drawn from National Minorities Welfare Corporation to provide interest-free loan for welfare schemes for minorities.

The Cabinet decided to hand over 36.02 acres of land of the Irrigation department to NOIDA to pave the way to construction of a link road between Mayur Vihar with Delhi-NOIDA toll bridge.

The government decided to amend Industrial Investment Promotion Rules to facilitate interest-free loans to pioneer units for a period of 15 years against the existing period of 10 years.

The units, which are employing more than 50 per cent women or having more than 500 regular women employees, would be entitled to additional loan of 20 per cent.

Bajpai said the maximum limit for investment under the Food Processing Policy was reduced from Rs 10 crore to Rs 5 crore.

The PICUP and the UP Finance Corporation would be entitled to 2 per cent administrative charges on the interest-free loan given to such units.

Pension of sanitary and clerical staff of local bodies (Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayat) will go up by two- and-a-half times. The sanitary and the clerical staff will now get pension of Rs 2562.73 and Rs 3547.29 per month, respectively.

The State Cabinet also decided to waive road tax on vehicles that 35 NGO-run schools of handicapped were using to ferry students to and from their schools.

‘No UPIL unit to be closed’: STATE Minister for Industrial Development Khwaja Halim said today that no unit of the state-owned UP Instrumentation Ltd would be closed down in the state.