The state cabinet on Tuesday decided to recall the then Chief Minister Kalyan Singh's orders dated August 2, 1999 and October 27, 1999 to demolish development carried out and take back possession of land provided to Sahara Housing Limited in Lucknow.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav chaired the State Cabinet meeting that also decided to grant exemption from entertainment tax to feature film Guru. No official announcement was made regarding the land of Sahara India Housing Limited. Sources, however, said the State Cabinet gave its nod to regularise construction carried out at land in accordance with amended layout and get legal sanctity to transfer land through exchange between the Lucknow Nagar Nigam and the Lucknow Development Authority.
Sahara India had contended that 170 acres of land was given to it in Vipin Khand of Gomti Nagar on certain conditions on October 20, 1994. The Lucknow Nagar Nigam had passed the layout and map to carry out development work on land under sections 287, 316, 317, 318 and 319 of the Uttar Pradesh Nagar Nigam Act-1959. The Lucknow Development Authority had given its no objection to layout on October 21, 1994. The LDA had no right to take any action with regard to land under sections 27 and 28 of the UP Urban Planning and Development Act.
Various pre-election sops offered include the pre election sops to Shiksha Mitras whose honourarium has been increased from Rs 2400 per month to Rs 3000 per month wef July 1, 2007. The State Cabinet decided that no deduction would be made from the salary of the Shiksha Mitra for a day's absence in a month. The women Shiksha Mitras would be given three-month maternity leave for the first two children. If a woman Shiksha Mitra had to be removed from service after her marriage in any other village she would be eligible for appointment against vacancy of Shiksha Mitra there.
The State Cabinet decided to grant payment of salary and dearness allowance on the pattern of State Government employees to the Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Sansthan. As per the decision 50 per cent of the salary would be merged in the basic salary of the employees. The State Cabinet decided to increase the retirement age of the employees of teachers, assistant teachers and other employees working with the Lucknow and Gorakhpur Sports Colleges being run by the Sports College Society.
It also decided not to take 10 per cent collection tax on the one-time settlement amount of agriculture related dues of commercial banks in view of drought like situation in the state.
The State Cabinet decided to grant Rs 2500 per month as pension wef March 1, 2007 to the widows and old parents of the victims who have been missing or suffered 70 per cent disability in 1984 riots. The decision has been taken in the backdrop of the recommendations of Nanawati Inquiry Commission. A pension of Rs 2000 per month was being given to the widows of the 1984 victims up to now.