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New beneficiaries to be identified for old age allowance: Hooda

A new scheme for dwarfs introduced

Land in Jhajhar to be given for ECHS polyclinics

CHANDIGARH: The next session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha will be convened on September 17 at 2 p.m., Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced on Thursday after presiding over a Cabinet meeting.

The Cabinet also approved a time schedule for survey of new eligible beneficiaries for old age allowance. The last survey was conducted from August to October 2005 wherein 173,291 new beneficiaries were identified and a monthly allowance of Rs.300 each was sanctioned to them from July 1, 2006.

Mr. Hooda said the Government had decided to identify new beneficiaries under this scheme every year so that they start receiving benefits from April 1 onward.

The Cabinet also approved a new scheme, “Haryana allowance to

Dwarfs”, under which any dwarf who is a domicile of Haryana and residing in the State for the last one year at the time of submission of application could benefit. The rate of allowance, presently Rs.300 per month, will be decided by the Government from time to time. The scheme will be effective from June 1, 2006. At present there are about 942 dwarfs in the State.

The Government also decided to transfer the land at Jhajjar to the Ministry of Defence for establishing Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme Polyclinics.

The Cabinet approved of a new nomenclature for the PWD (Water Supply and Sanitation Department) as PWD (Water Supply and Sanitation).

It also approved new pay scales of Rs.7,500-250-10,000-EB-250-13,000 to the junior engineers of three wings of the PWD who have completed 18 years regular and satisfactory service. The new scale would be applicable to the Junior Engineers who have not been promoted to next higher post. The junior engineers of this pay scale will be designated as Additional Sub-Divisional Engineers and will continue to discharge the duties of junior engineers with the new designation and pay scale.

The Cabinet also decided to grant two advance increments to junior engineers who acquire AMIE or BE degree after joining the service subject to condition that they have completed a minimum of five years’ regular and satisfactory service.

It also decided to take out the post of Sub-Inspector of Police from the purview of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission for making recruitments against the posts meant for the sports quota of three per cent reserved for sportspersons. A high-level committee will be constituted for such recruitments which will have a representative of the Home Department, an eminent sportsperson and Director, Sports Department, or his representative. The Committee will decide the criteria for selection including allocation of marks for excellence in sports at the State, National and International levels.

The Cabinet also approved the Haryana Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Rules, 2007, so as to temporarily release prisoners by granting them parole or furlough on certain grounds.

It also approved a draft ordinance concerning imposition of levy of tax on luxuries provided in hotels and banquet halls.

It also decided to amend the Punjab Passengers and Goods Taxation Act, 1952, and Rules framed there-under to provide concessions and relief on passenger tax and interest to the owners of cooperative transport societies’ buses and private schools’ buses.

The Cabinet also decided to reconstitute the selection committee for appointment to the posts of Lecturer in Physical Education or Librarians in Government-aided private colleges.

The Cabinet also decided to waive recovery of over Rs.33.01 lakh due from former Chief Ministers and State Ministers of Haryana for use of State Government VIPs aircraft by for their private journeys.