Providing some relief to the people from some provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act-2019, the Uttarakhand Cabinet, in its meeting held on Wednesday, has relaxed penalties for some offences. The spokesperson of the State Cabinet and senior Cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik informed media persons after the Cabinet meeting in the evening that the State Cabinet has proposed that for the offence of driving without license or in case of a minor found driving a vehicle, the Act has provision for Rs 5,000 penalty but in Uttarakhand, the penalty on compounding would be Rs 2,500. For the offence of using mobile phone while driving a penalty of Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 for first and second time offence respectively would be charged. For the offence of air pollution on which the central government has set a penalty of Rs 10,000, the Uttarakhand cabinet has imposed a penalty of Rs 2,500 for first time offence and Rs 5,000 for second time offence.
For the offence of vehicle without insurance cover, the central government in the Act has proposed a penalty of Rs 2,000 and Rs 4,000 for first and second time offences respectively. In this offence, the Uttarakhand cabinet has proposed penalties of Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 in first and second offence respectively.
The Cabinet also offered relaxation in putting up wrong registration plate. In Uttarakhand a penalty of Rs 5,000 would be slapped for this offence while a penalty of Rs 10,000 is proposed in the amended act.
No relief, however, would be given in the offences of riding without helmet. In the act a penalty of Rs 500 and Rs 1,500 for first and second offence respectively is proposed and similar penalties would be imposed in Uttarakhand also.
Similarly in penalties for the offences like driving heavy motor vehicle in prohibited areas, unauthorised racing, without permit, over speeding, using horn in prohibited areas, the Uttarakhand cabinet has proposed no relaxation in the state.
The State Cabinet discussed 16 issues on the day and took decisions on 15 issues. The issue of water policy was postponed for next Cabinet.
In an important decision the cabinet decided that no special facilities would be provided to former Chief Ministers. It is worth mentioning here that in a recent ordinance the State Government had waived off the pending house rents for the former Chief Ministers.
In another important decision, the Cabinet approved the proposal to increase the upper age limit in direct recruitment of lecturers in government schools from existing 35 to 42 years.
The Cabinet also approved the plan to convert the Dehradun airport to an international airport. Kaushik said that the process of land acquisition and meeting other necessary requirements would start soon.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to the proposal to extend the last date of one time settlement for the persons using their residential properties for things like OPD, nursery school and nursing homes to December 31, 2019 on old rates. The Cabinet also decided that the jurisdiction of the development authorities of Derhadun, Haridwar and Pauri would be applicable within the district limits.
The Cabinet also decided that the Gangotri development authority would be merged with the Uttarkashi development authority. The Cabinet also decided that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bhagirathi river valley development authority would now be the additional secretary of housing department.
This post was earlier occupied by planning secretary. A decision to amend the Uttarakhand building by-laws was also taken by the cabinet after which the completion certificate can be issued on completion of some portion of the project.