Rajasthan drops controversial land conversion rule

The Rajasthan Cabinet on Wednesday decided to do away with the controversial provision 90 B from the land conversion rules and also carry out necessary amendments to 90 A to make it simple and transparent. A Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot gave its nod to the guidelines on Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) besides clearing a proposal for construction of a convention centre at Sitapura near here at a cost of Rs.225 crore.

The provision of 90 B in the conversion of agriculture plots to urban land has been under a cloud after the allegations of large-scale misuse of the clause during the previous government's time. The Congress election manifesto had carried a promise of abolition of 90 B. The guidelines on SCSP and TSP include need to carry out an assessment of the budget allocations meant for these schemes.

The proposed exhibition-cum-convention centre is to come up on a 42-acre plot in Sitapura Industrial Area. A company, Bhaskar Industries Ltd., will develop centre under public-private participation (PPP) mode. The land is to be given on lease at an annual premium of Rs. 7.80 crore for 60 years. The centre is expected to come up in the next 24 months.

The Cabinet approved a proposal for allocation of mining lease of silica sand in Karauli district to Saint Gobain Glass India Ltd. Saint Gobain has invested Rs.500 crore in the State so far.

It also decided to forward a proposal from Messrs Kalyani Mining Ventures Private Limited and Kalyani Natural Resources Private Limited seeking allocation of mineral iron ore lease in Karauli district to the Government of India. The company's proposal is to set up a special steel manufacturing plant with an investment of about Rs. 15,000 crore.

Under the policy for allotment of land at concessional rates to public charitable and social organisations/institutions in urban areas, the Cabinet cleared a proposal for allocation of 59.32 acres land to Manipal Education Foundation at 40 per cent rate of the reserved price.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal for regulation of land allotted to Manipal Group of Hospitals, Bangalore.

Another important decision by the Cabinet pertained to the proposal for amendment to the Rajasthan Voluntary Rural Education Service Rules, 2010. After the amendment, the persons appointed in the government under these rules would be governed by the provisions of the Rajasthan Civil Services (Contributory Pension) Rules, 2005.

Congress election manifesto had promised to abolish the rule

Proposal for amendment to voluntary rural service Rules

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