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Panel to ensure irrigation facilities

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 01:32 IST

THE STATE Cabinet today decided not to grant exemption in the conversion charges on suo motu change of land use under the master plans coming into force after January 1, 2005 in the State. It also decided to constitute a Cabinet-Sub Committee to ensure irrigation facilities to farmers in districts that were facing drought like situation.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav chaired the meeting of the State Cabinet that took a decision in this regard at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan Annexe here. Though the Cabinet had given its nod to the issue earlier this month, it was referred to it again, as the date of implementation was yet to be decided.

The Cabinet therefore decided that conversion charges on change of land use would not be levied on the master plans that have come into force with effect from. January 1, 2005.

As the Lucknow Maha Yojana, the master plan for the state capital, had come into force with effect from March 31, 2005, the exemption in the land use charges would come into force from retrospective effect.

The Cabinet also decided to authorise the high-powered committee, chaired by the Chief Secretary, to allow acquisition of more than 12.5 acres of land for developing high-tech townships and integrated townships. The Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms (ZALR) Act 1950 allows the divisional commissioners to grant exemptions for possession of over 12.5 acres of land. Now, the high-powered committee would grant such exemptions. The State Government has so far received nine proposals, out of which four are at advanced stage, for developing high-tech townships.

The Cabinet also gave its go ahead to a compounding scheme for the bullion traders. Under the scheme, traders would be charged only 1 per cent tax against the normal three per cent. The benefit would, however, be available only to those traders who opt for the scheme within three months. If senior officers of the department are to be believed, the scheme has been implemented on the pattern of a similar scheme already in force in Gujarat.

The Cabinet decided not to charge any entry tax from the Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) manufacturers and traders for the period from April 1, 2005 to May 29, 2005. The Government has already issued a notification to grant exemption in entry tax on the IMFL after May 29, 2005.

In yet another decision, the Cabinet decided to constitute a sub-committee, to be headed by Minister for PWD Shiv Pal Singh Yadav, to ensure that water reached the tail end of canals and all the 28,000 government tube-wells in the State were functional. Directions would also be issued to ensure regular power supply to private tube-wells. Other members of the committee include Minister for Animal Husbandry Veerendra Singh and Minister for Agriculture Ashok Bajpai.