THE STATE Cabinet today approved the draft UP Revenue Code Bill-2006. This would be a compact law repealing the 39 revenue related acts already in existence in Uttar Pradesh.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav presided over the meeting of the Cabinet here today. The new code bill to be tabled in the Vidhan Sabha during its current session will, however, not affect the UP Land Ceiling Act that limits land holding at 12.5 hectare. As per the new bill the chairman revenue board will be entitled to constitute a divisional bench to hear the revenue cases. So far only a single member is entitled to hear the cases in revenue courts.
As per the proposal, orders of tehsildars on the ‘dakhil kharij’ may be challenged before the SDMs within 30 days. The orders of the SDMs may be challenged in the courts of the divisional commissioners now. The DMs will, however, have no role to play under the new law.
Kisan Bahi will also be given legal status. A proposal in this regard had been made during the regime of the Janata Party led government. A bill had even been tabled in Vidhan Sabha in 1977. The bill, however, could not be passed following dissolution of the House.
The Cabinet also decided to grant agriculture status to poultry an. A demand in this regard had been made at the Food Processing Industry seminar recently.
With today’s decision the poultry units investing a sum of Rs 50 crore will be entitled to get the same facilities as are given to industry on an investment of Rs 100 crore.
The Cabinet decided to set up a committee to be headed by Principal Secretary Civil Aviation to buy a helicopter. A sum of Rs 35 crore has been earmarked for the purpose.
The Cabinet gave its nod to the proposal of constructing an airstrip in an area of nearly 52.43 hectare in Mudapandey in Moradabad district. Uttar Pradesh Rajya Nirman Nigam would construct the airstrip with an estimated cost of nearly Rs 21 crore. The Cabinet also decided to ask the UPRNN to construct two airstrips at Chitrakoot and Azamgarh districts. The State Government had earlier asked the RITES to prepare a project report for the airstrip. As the RITES did not start the work even after seven months, the State Government decided to reallocate the work to UPRNN.
Also, the Cabinet decided to amend the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta Act to make the salary and emoluments of Lokayukta equal to salary of Chief Justice of High Court. Lokayukta will now get a salary of Rs 30,000.