Punjab government on Tuesday gave another chance to the property owners in unauthorised colonies to get their plots/buildings regularised so that they could avail benefits of government facilities like water supply, sewerage, and electricity.
In this regard, the Punjab cabinet approved the re-enactment of the Punjab Laws (Special provisions) Act for another year by promulgating Punjab Laws (Special Provisions) Ordinance 2014, an official spokesman said.
The decision was taken in the meeting of council of ministers chaired by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here.
This move would provide an opportunity to the property owners for regularizing their plots/buildings to avail the facility of sale/purchase of plots and basic civic amenities, the spokesman said.
The Cabinet also decided to amend 'Land Owners Become Partners Policy' for facilitating the land owners in the payment of Change of Land Use (CLU), External Development Charges (EDC) and other miscellaneous charges, he said.
Owing to the financial constraints, the land developers had earlier expressed their inability to pay these fees. Now the amended policy envisage either to bear these charges on loan basis by the development authorities or organise loans from banks which would be ultimately adjusted against the future receipts of the land developers, he said.
In a move aimed at generating additional revenue for the state, the Cabinet also gave its assent to hike in tax levied on certain lotteries across the state.
As per the decision, Rs. 2 lakh would be charged as tax on four digit lottery instead of existing Rs. 85,000, Rs. 80,000 on Card game instead of currently Rs. 55,000 and Rs. 2 lakh instead of existing Rs. 1 lakh on Lotto game.
The Cabinet also approved setting up of Rehabilitation Centers across the state for rehabilitating the drug addicts.
Among other decisions, the Cabinet approved a policy of Net Metering and Technical standards for grid connectivity for roof top grid interactive solar photovoltaic power plants and setting up of Sant Baba Bhag Singh Self Financed Private University at village Khiala.