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Chautala Govt announces wide-ranging relief

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Chandigarh , Dec. 12

WITH the Vidhan Sabha elections just round the corner, the Om Prakash Chautala regime in Haryana announced several sops today to woo almost all major sections of society. The Cabinet, presided over by Mr Chautala, approved several schemes and announced relief to retrenched employees, dearness allowance to pensioners of privately-managed government-aided colleges and schools, class II status to school lecturers and raised the upper age limit for providing employment under ex-gratia scheme from 25 to 30 years.

It allowed those State public sector and co-operative sector undertakings to fill up group `D' vacancies from among the retrenched employees. Now, the lecturers of school cadre would get gazetted status (HES-II), according to an official note. Currently, there are 10,169 school lecturers in the State.

The Cabinet also announced the reduction in the rate of value-added tax on flaps from 10 to 8 per cent to bring it at par with the tax rate on tyres and tubes.

It also approved the rate of external development charges for licensed colonies and change of land use cases within municipal limits and classification of towns in five categories as per development potentials.

In the high potential zone, the rates for the commercial and group housing colonies would be Rs 46,45,000 per acre and for residential plotted colonies Rs 9,22,000 per acre. In the medium potential zone, the rates to be charged for commercial and group housing use would be Rs 29,03,000 per acre and for residential plotted Rs 6,14,000 per acre.

In the low potential zone-I, charges for commercial and group housing would be Rs 15,48,000 per acre and for residential plotted colonies Rs 4,60,000 per acre.

In the low potential zone-II, the rates would be Rs 11,61,000 per acre and Rs 3,07,000 per acre respectively. Charges for low potential zone-III would be Rs 9,68,000 and Rs 3,07,000 per acre for the commercial, group housing and residential plotted colonies respectively.

It also decided to regularise 1,054 unauthorised colonies which were carved out after 1975. The Cabinet also approved the upgradation of Sub-Tehsil Farukh

Nagar as Tehsil in Gurgaon district and Sub-Tehsil Sampla as Tehsil in Rohtak district.

It also decided to enhance the financial powers of the administrative departments, heads of department, controlling officers and heads of offices of different authorities.

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