AS THE Vidhan Sabha elections are inching closer, the State Cabinet on Friday decided to extend facilities given to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
Besides, those who were living below the poverty line (BPL) in the general category would be provided with financial assistance for marriage, treatment for any disease and scholarships. The decisions were taken at a meeting presided over by CM Mulayam Singh Yadav.
After the meeting, chief secretary Naveen Chand Bajpai addressed mediapersons and said that a sum of Rs 10, 000 would be given to the BPL families for marriage. Elaborating the scheme, he said that such families would also get a sum of Rs 2,000 for medical treatment and a budgetary provision of Rs 25 crore was made for this purpose. He said that the families with an annual income of Rs 25,546 (in urban areas) and Rs 19,884 per year (in rural areas) would be put in the BPL category. About 22,500 families would benefit from it, he said.
He said that the State would give post-matric scholarship to the students of BPL category. He said a sum of Rs 148 crore was set aside for the purpose and about 3.5 lakh students were likely to benefit from the scheme. He said that the cabinet had decided to amend the process regarding the acquisition of land to bring down the period of acquisition from two/three years to one year or 1.25 years. Talking about the scheme, he said that district magistrates would examine the proposals for land acquisition within three months.
A committee to be headed by the principal secretaries of departments concerned would examine the proposal within one month. In cases where the permission of land use board was mandatory, the DMs have powers to clear the proposals and acquire up to 50 acres of land, he said and made it clear that the commissioners were authorised to clear the proposals of more than 50 acres of land.
The cabinet also extended the second transfer scheme for the five distribution companies of the UPPCL-Poorvanchal, Paschimanchal, Dakshinanchal, Madhyanchal and KESCO to April 11, 2007. The scheme was valid till today.
The cabinet gave its nod to appoint official liquidators for 11 spinning mills of the cooperative sector in pursuance of Bombay High Court orders. The issue had been taken to the High Court when the mills failed to pay back the interest and the original sum on the debentures.
The Cabinet reinforced the decision to deduct 30 pc amount from the pension of retired executive engineer YK Sharma of the Irrigation department.
A decision to deduct 30 pc of pension was taken following disciplinary action against the executive engineer in 1996-1997. Although the UPPSC had not approved the decision, the State Cabinet reinforced it, he added.
The cabinet decided to raise the retirement age from 58 to 60 years for the non-teaching staff of the 19 government-aided technical institutions. Talking about the decision, the chief secretary said that such staff would be eligible for gratuity and other benefits in accordance with the new retirement age. The State Cabinet also approved the UP Money Lending Regulation Act-1976.
As per the decision, the financial year from April 1 to March 31 would be used for money lending, the chief secretary added.