Yogi government to set up 18 forensic labs
Aiming to speed up forensic testing for criminal investigation, the Yogi government has decided to set up 18 forensic labs across the state. Eight of them would come up immediately while the rest would be setup in a phased manner. A decision to this effect was taken at a cabinet meeting held in Lucknow on Tuesday. A government spokesman said that the cabinet approved in principle to set up 18 forensic labs and eight ofthem would come up in Ghaziabad, Kannauj, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Faizabad, Bareilly, Saharanpur and Aligarh in the initial phase. Presently, there are four forensic labs in Lucknow, Agra, Moradabad and Varanasi. “After setting up of thse labs, forensic tests in criminal cases will be speeded up,” the spokesman said. It may be recalled the a proposal to set up forensic labs in Jhansi and Allahabad was cleared earlier but this time the cabinet approved a revised proposal under which Rs 41.08 crore for Allahabad and Rs 35.65 crore for Jhansi were approved.
In another move, the government decided to handover 20.008 hectare of land of Civil Aviation department in Varanasi to the CRPF and RAF to set up a new battalion of Rapid Action Force.
“Of this, 16.184 hectare belongs to Civil Aviation department while the rest to Gram Sabha. The land will be transferred free of cost,” the spokesman said.
“The decision was taken keeping in view the increasing demand of RAF to maintain law and order. Three battalions of RAF remain stationed all the time in the state. Once the RAF has its own centre, the movement of force will be easy,” he said.
Thecabinet also approved handing over of 1.024 hectare land belonging to 10 Battalion PAC in Barabanki to PWD for renovation and maintenance. Of this, 1.024 hectare of land around 0.632 hectare belongs to PAC while the rest is with Gram Sabha, but is under the control of 10 Battalion PAC.
“The PWD would carry out the maintenance work and reconstruct the boundary wall of the PAC battalion,” the spokesman said.
The cabinet authorized departments to review revised estimates of projects so that their construction was not hampered.
“In case of revised estimate, if it is more than 50 per cent, the proposal goes to Finance Committee headed by Principal Secretary Finance and sometimes the amount is less but since it goes to the committee, it takes a long time for a decision affecting the undergoing construcion work,” he said.
The cabinet propsed that in case of revision of Rs 5 crore, proposals could be cleared by the department and if it was between Rs 5 crore and 25 crore, the Chief Engineer whould clear it. In case the amount was more than Rs 25 crore, it would be cleared by the Finance Committee.
The cabinet also approved toll tax for the 52.887 km-long Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur highway via Deoband, which was constructed under PPP model.
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