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New Nazul land policy approved
In a major decision, the Uttarakhand Cabinet approved new Nazul land policy on Wednesday which paved way for regularisation of commercial and residential Nazul land in the State.
An estimate of the State Government reveals that there exists a total of 24197186 square metre of Nazul land in the State which has been occupied for housing and commercial purposes. As per the new policy, the land can become free-hold by depositing some charges.
Under the policy, possession rights to individuals having houses on Nazul land up to 200 square metres can be given by depositing an amount equal to 25 percent of the prevailing circle rate.
This rate would be 35 percent of the circle rate for land holding from 201 to 500 sq meters while those occupying land more than 500 sq meters a sum of 60 percent of the circle rate would be charged.
Another feature of the policy is that those who have not renewed their lease deed would have to pay higher dues. Similarly who have violated the lease deed by selling or dividing the land, the cost of conversion would be more. Apart from giving free hold rights to the people, the State Government is expecting to earn a revenue to the tune of Rs2000 Crores from the exercise.
There was no official briefing of the Cabinet decisions as the budget session of the State assembly has already been notified but it was learnt that the cabinet took up 17 issues on the day.
In an important decision, the cabinet gave clearance for the constitution of a governing body headed by the chief secretary and a steering committee for smooth functioning of Health Systems Development Project. The World Bank funded project aims to strengthen health infrastructure in Uttarakhand.
The cabinet also approved the start-up policy of the state with an objective to create environment to set up about 500 new start-ups in the state. The government has decided to set up a start up council chaired by an eminent personality; the council would look through the projects that come up for its consideration.
In another decision, the cabinet has also took a decision for making Category III and Category IV land at Lalkuan in Nainital district free hold by giving six months time for carrying out regularisation of the land in the revenue records.
The Cabinet also approved the U’khand Private Security Guards Policy under which training centres for the guards would be set up where they would have to undergo a minimum of 100 hours of training in classroom and 60 hours in field theory in 20 days. However the ex-servicemen would be given relaxation in the above mentioned criteria.
The Cabinet exempted the premium which would have been charged for transfer of 59.243 hectares of land on Union Government for National Highway in Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar district.
In another decision the cabinet decided that private secretaries would be provided to chairman and CEO of Agriculture Produce Board. The cabinet also approved a budget of Rs four crore for acquiring four houses in Kedarnath.
In addition, Cabinet gave its nod for the guidelines that have been framed for implementation of the Housing Policy.
It also gave its clearance for handing over five bigha of vacant plot of old Jail to the Department of Judiciary that will utilise it for the construction of chambers for lawyers.
The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. All Cabinet Ministers barring Agriculture Minister Subodh Uniyal attended the meeting.
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