In an attempt to mobilise more resources the state Cabinet on Wednesday slapped additional taxes on private buses of various categories plying on routes. While vehicles with capacity of 35 passengers would have to pay additional Rs 300 per day, buses with more than 35 passengers capacity would have to pay Rs 500 per day.
Every bus owner would have to pay at least ten days additional tax and if any bus was found plying without permit, the owner would have to pay Rs 1000 per seat additional tax.
The Cabinet also approved proposal to enhance pension of freedom fighters from Rs 4500 to Rs 5000 per month. The Cabinet has also increased money for the last rites of freedom fighters from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000.
Like freedom fighters, who had free travel facilities in UPSRTC buses along with on assistant, the government has decided to extend this facility to their widows. The government has exempted trade tax on scotch brite (juna) for washing utensils.
Briefing newsmen about the decisions of the Cabinet Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said retirement age of home guards had been increased from 58 to 60 years. He said lease of the land allotted to Nadvatul Ulema College had been further extended for a period of 30 years.
Calling upon the teachers of aided Sanskrit schools to withdraw their agitation Yadav said their demand for regular payment of salary had been accepted. He said they had been brought under the purview of salary distribution act 1971 and now they would be getting salary like their counterparts in high school and intermediate colleges.
While deciding to remove discrepancies in preparing pension papers of the employees so that they could not face difficulties in getting pension after retirement, the Cabinet has now decided that for approval of pension only ten months records before retirement would be checked. The pension officer while fixing pension would limit himself to this period to correct mistakes.
The government has extended time limit given under edible oil packaging order 1998 up to June 30, 2007 to oil industry. The cabinet has also accepted the recommendations of chief secretary committee in connection with pay scales to various departments including pharmacists in Nagar Nigams, teachers of Sanskrit and Arabic schools and others.
The government has decided to withdraw powers given to UP's King George Medical University and King George Dental Science University for affiliation of medical/dental and para-medical colleges. In this connection the government would bring legislation. The Cabinet has also approved technology upgradation plan guidelines.