Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel chairing the Cabinet meeting.
Staff Reporter :
State Cabinet on Tuesday gave a go ahead to the merger of remaining 16,278 shikshakarmis with the School Education Department, effective from November 1, 2020. The Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel decided that the shikshakarmis, who at present are working under Panchayat Department and Municipal bodies, have completed two years of their term as teacher and as per poll promise made earlier they should be merged with School Education Department. In yet another milestone decision taken by the State Cabinet, if brother/sister is minor then the employer should get an interim application from unmarried deceased Government servant’s parents in the context and the minor family member (brother/sister) should be given appointment on compassionate grounds after they qualify as adults, based on their educational qualifications on posts of Grade-III/IV.
The Cabinet approved a proposal of special incentive package for set up of bi-ethanol manufacturing units under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode while complying with defined norms in the State Industrial Policy 2019-24. Private land sale policy was approved by the Cabinet paving the way for Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) Limited to purchase private land with mutual understanding for industrial purpose.
On the selling of residential houses and flats worth upto Rs 75 lakh, 2 per cent rebate on stamp duty would be offered till March 31, 2021, decided the Cabinet. The Cabinet decided to appoint a high court judge or retired justice of district court as chairman of Rent Control Tribunal while bringing some amendments to the Chhattisgarh Rent Control Act 2011. The Cabinet decided to create two new posts of Additional Advocate Generals for the office of Advocate General, Bilaspur apart from taking a decision to discontinue the Chhattisgarh State Legal Commission. It was decided that the six employees working in the commission would be attached to the Law and Legal Affairs Department of State Government under contractual policy. The Cabinet approved regularization of casual and accidental establishment employees of private institute Ramkrishna Mission Ashram Narayanpur.
The Cabinet also decided to form Indravati Basin Development Authority for the development of land areas alongside the river basin falling within Chhattisgarh limits. Forest Department work would now be held through open tender process, it was decided in the Cabinet. All the vacancies being filled through direct postings would have a probation period of three years. Like National Food Safety Act provision, all ration card holders, except APL, of Chhattisgarh would be provided with 1 kg ‘channa’ (chickpeas) each free of cost from July to November.
Cabinet has decided to temporarily relax the provision for depositing advance tax payable in advance if the vehicle or license is kept in use for a period of two months and to provide complete exemption in the monthly tax payable in the month of June for passenger buses under Section 21 of Chhattisgarh Motor Vehicles Taxation Act 1991. Cabinet has decided to give exemption in Stamp Duty/Registration Fee payable for change of land ownership rights on the ‘nazul patta’ alloted at non-concessional and concessional rates, on allotment of government land in urban areas, and for settlement of encroached land. Under which the stamp duty payable on allotment/settlement and transfer of deeds to the owner of land has been fixed at 5 percent and after providing maximum exemption, cess has been fixed at Rs 2000. Cabinet has decided to provide a rebate of 4 per cent of the registration fee payable on the allotment/administration and registration deeds of the land owner, of up to Rs 2000.
One percent additional (urban body) fee on stamp duty payable on allotment/settlement of land and change in landowner rights has been completely waived. All these exemptions will remain in effect till 31 March 2021. The Cabinet decided to make ‘Narwa, Garwa, Ghurwa and Badi’ scheme employment oriented and it would begin with the Hareli festival in the state. In the gauthans, cowdung will be procured from cow and buffalo owners through gauthan samitis and the procured cowdung will be utilized to make vermi-compost and other products.
This will not only promote organic farming but will also create new employment opportunities, encourage protection of cows stop open grazing and will expand the double crop area, creating source of extra income of livestock owners. Cabinet Committee recommended procurement of cowdung at the rate of Rs 1.50 per kg from livestock owners in villages with cowsheds (gauthan). Cabinet approved the cowdung procurement rate at Rs 2 per kg, including the transport cost. Cabinet also approved selling of vermi-compost produced under the scheme through cooperative societies to farmers at the rate of Rs 8 per kg. And Cabinet has also decided to include vermi-compost under the goods section of short-term agricultural loan of LAMPUS and Primary Agriculture Credit Cooperative Society.
An Expression of Interest would be invited through integrated tender process for the supply of drinking water to each household of state under ‘Jal-Jeevan-Mission’. The Cabinet approved the appointment of Taman Singh Sonwani as Chairman of Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission as well as the contractual appointment of retired IAS Dr Alok Shukla for a period three years as Principal Secretary. Cabinet approved the formation of Chhattisgarh Sanskriti Parishad. Chief Minister would be the chairman of the Parishad while Culture Minister would be the vice chairman.
The Government of Chhattisgarh has decided to reimburse the equivalent amount of State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) payable for admission on the screening of the film ‘Chhapak’. The draft for amendment in the Chhattisgarh State Administrative Service (Classification, Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1975 has been approved. Amending the Chhattisgarh Government Work (Allocation) Rules, the allotment of the cause of protection of socially excluded and mentally oppressed people to Social Welfare Department has been approved. Notification dated January 23 2020 that was issued to repeal the ‘Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan (Persons detained for MISA / DIR political or social reasons) Samman Nidhi Rules, 2008’ has been amended and approved to repeal the same from January 2019 in retrospective effect. Cabinet has decided to finalize the rates for all the works related to drinking water supply facility in all the villages of the state through tender procedure, collected via invitation for Expression of Interest for providing drinking water supply through domestic tap connection under Jal Jeevan Mission. Cabinet has decided to ensure implementation of the mission via selected agencies.