Food in starred hotels to cost more
Move to return Beti pond to Raghuraj
THE STATE Cabinet today developed a cold feet on bringing management quota under the purview of reservation while giving a go ahead to bring an ordinance to reinforce quota in engineering and medical colleges of the private sector. It also decided to increase trade tax on cooked food and confectionery items served in starred hotels of Uttar Pradesh.
A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of State Cabinet that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav presided this evening.
Other major decisions of the State Cabinet include taking out of four wings of police — intelligence, security, STF and the PAC from the purview of Right to Information Act-2005. This exemption would, however, not be applicable in cases of corruption and human rights violations.
It granted conditional exemption from purview of transfer levy charged on take over, merger and the de-merger of companies. Briefing newspersons chief secretary Naveen Chand Bajpai, however, denied any knowledge of a decision on the proposal to de-notify the Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bird Sanctuary (nee Beti pond) that the State Government had carved out during Mayawati’s tenure as Chief Minister after acquiring pond and adjoining areas under the possession of Raghuraj Pratap Singh, now Minister for Food and Civil Supplies. Sources, however, said the State Government is all set to send a proposal to the Centre to de-notify the bird sanctuary. The de-notification needs a nod from Central Wildlife Board.
Bajpai said the State Cabinet decided not to implement reservation in 15 per cent quota of the management in private medical, engineering and other technical education colleges. A proposal to bring the management quota under the purview of the State Government’s reservation policy had come up for discussion at the previous cabinet meeting as well. A decision on the issue was, however, deferred following stiff opposition from some ministers.
According to sources, the ministers pointed out that no new engineering and medical colleges would come up in the private sector in UP if the State Government decided to bring management quota under the purview of reservation policy. Later, the Cabinet decided to authorise the chief minister to take an appropriate decision on the issue.
This would mean that the quota would be implemented in the remaining 85 per cent seats in accordance with the provisions of existing reservation system. The Cabinet has also decided to bring an ordinance to reinforce the existing reservation in government aided higher educational, technical and agriculture education institutions.
The Supreme Court’s decision on the issue in Inamdar case had raised a question mark on continuity of reservation in these institutions. Later, the Centre brought the 93rd amendment to the Constitution to enable the State Governments to continue the existing reservation system in such institutions.
Taking advantage of the amendment, the State Cabinet decided to bring UP Admission to Educational Institutions (reservation to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward classes) ordinance to continue the existing reservation system. As a result the State Government would reinforce reservation in aided higher educational, technical and agricultural education institutions in the state.
The Cabinet also decided to include the “Namoshudra” tribe in the list of scheduled tribe. A proposal in this regard would be sent to the Centre. There are nearly 15000 families (72000 persons) of “Namoshudra” tribe residing in Pilibhit and Bareilly districts of the state. Members of tribe had migrated from eastern Pakistan between 1952 and 1965.
All of them are Indian citizens now. About lifting of transfer levy, Bajpai said there would be no such levy on take over, merger, de-merger of the companies that leads to change in the structure of the company. This would include change because of transfer of stocks from one group of management to the other, merger of one company in the other etc.