The State Cabinet on Friday decided to give two year extension through reappointment after retirement to the teachers of the state's medical colleges, announced interest subsidy to small scale units and bought three luxury Honda City cars for the VVIP Guests and 150 cars including 135 cars for ministers and those granted the ministers' rank in Uttar Pradesh.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav presided over the meeting of State Cabinet that took a decision in this regard in Lucknow on Friday. As per the decision the teachers of the medical colleges would be reappointment for two years after their retirement at 60 years. The State Cabinet did not agree with the proposal to extend the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 62 years. The State Cabinet probably did not agree with the decision in view of the opinion of the finance and personnel department that this would create dissatisfaction among other categories of employees.
The State Cabinet decided to give five per cent subsidy on interest on the loan taken by small-scale industrial units to promote investment in the small-scale industry sector. The state government hopes to attract an investment of Rs 80 crore through setting up of nearly 2000 new small-scale industrial units in the next five years. As per the decision the small-scale units would be eligible for a subsidy of Rs 50000 per year for a period of five years from January 1, 2007.
The total amount of the subsidy would not be more than Rs 2.50 lakh in the five-year period. According to sources the State Government has earmarked a sum of Rs 50 lakh for the first year while this sum would be increased to Rs 1 crore in the second year. In the third, fourth and fifth years this would be increased to Rs 2, Rs 3 and Rs 4 crore respectively. The State Cabinet decided to grant subsidy on interest in view of the low interest rate in the international market while the interest rates in the state were high.
The State Cabinet decided to increase the salary and the allowances of various commissions and boards in the social welfare and education sector. As per the decision the salary of the Chairman and the Members of such commissions have been increased to Rs 24000 per month and Rs 20000 per month respectively w.e.f. January 1, 1996. So far the Chairman and the Members were getting only Rs 7500 and Rs 6000 per month respectively.
Besides providing rent free accommodation the State Cabinet also decided to give them an official car. If the chairman and the members were using personal cars a conveyance allowance equivalent to the cost of 200 litres of petrol would be given. The State Cabinet also decided to provide them the facility of traveling allowance along with the facilities of leaves etc. As per the decision the UP Higher Education Services Commission, UP Secondary Education Commission would now get facilities equivalent to the facilities given to UP State Backward Classes Commission, UP State Minority Commission, UP State Women Commission and the UP SC and ST Commission.
The State Cabinet also decided to increase the honourarium and salary paid to the consultants of the family courts. As per the decision the consultants would get salary of Rs 6000 per month against the existing Rs 2000 per month. There are about 15 consultants in the state and the decision would cost nearly Rs 7.20 lakh to the state exchequer.