Punjab government on Friday gave its nod to the revised policy for regularisation of unauthorised colonies with an emphasis on simplified procedure and reduction in the rates of composition and regularisation fees. A Cabinet meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took the decision which also said that the composition fee for regularisation of such colonies will be linked with collector rate to remove ambiguity among different zones, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said.
Now 0.5 per cent of the collector rate (as on April 1, 2013) would be charged for compounding of colonies established before 2007 with the minimum cap of Rs 25000 per acre and maximum Rs 1.00 lakh per acre and 2 per cent of the collector rate would be charged for colonies established after 2007 with the minimum cap of Rs 1.00 lac per acre and maximum cap of Rs 5.00 lakh per acre.
However, the charges for colonies having area above 20 acres, the composition fee would be 5 per cent of the collector rate for colonies established after August 17, 2007. The residential plots measuring up to 50 sq yards in all the residential colonies and plots up to 100 sq yards in slum areas shall be exempted under this policy.
Now the coloniser does not have to pay 25 per cent of the total charges along with application and he can deposit 10 per cent of the total charges along with application and rest 15 per cent charges shall be paid within 30 days from the date of application submitted by him. In another landmark decision, the government also approved Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Rules, 2013 for regulating the trade of travel agencies and consultants.
These rules envisaged that a person desirous of undertaking the profession of travel agent or consultant or who was already in this profession on the date of commencement of the act would have to seek a license from the state government by depositing the requisite documents along with the prescribed fee. The Cabinet also gave go ahead to PUDA for mobilising funds to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore from banks/financial institutions against OUVGL properties. These funds would give further fillip to development works in the state.
It also approved to constitute a cabinet sub-committee for re-structuring Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. To bring in more professionalism in the Cooperative Banks, the Cabinet also approved amending section 26 (2) (a) of the Punjab Cooperative Societies Act, 1961 to vest the power with government for appointing Managing Directors of the Central Cooperative Banks also from amongst the experts in the field of banking, management and finance.
The Cabinet also decided to rationalise the collection of water rates by charging the existing water cess at the rate of Rs 150 per acre per year from the actual users from canal water only to the extent of their actual irrigated area. It also gave nod to keep only 100 meter Eco Sensitive Zone for all the sanctuaries of Punjab. It approved the scheme for accelerated upgradation of state roads by raising funds to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore from financial institutions through Punjab Road and Bridges Development Board to improve the crust thickness and quality of the roads.
The roads would be executed with long term maintenance liabilities. After completion of upgradation, the roads would be put to tolling contracts and the revenue thus received through toll system would be utilised in re-payment of loan to financial institution/banks. The cabinet also gave green signal to start Government College for Girls at Jalalabad (district Fazilka) and Government College at Amargarh (district Sangrur) from the current academic session to uplift the standard of higher education in Punjab.
It also gave approval to transfer 83 acres of land of Punjab State Industries Export Corporation to the Jail department for the construction of District Jail over this land at Goindwal Sahib in Taran Tarn district. In lieu of this land, the Jail department would transfer 78 acres out of 278 acres of its land in Open Jail Nabha to the PSIEC for the construction of Industrial Focal Point.
From the remaining 200 acres land the Jail department would transfer 100 acres of land to Punjab Urban Development Authority Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA). The Cabinet also approved a rationalised induction and promotion policy for outstanding sportspersons in the Police department. Any sportsperson winning Gold, Silver, Bronze medal in Asian, Commonwealth, World Cup and Olympics would be offered Class-1 post in the State Police department.
Any policeman earning medals in the National Police Games or other National level Games would earn points which would enable him to earn accelerated promotion.