Haryana Cabinet approves free plots for SC, BPL families

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Chandigarh, Nov 29 (UNI) The Haryana cabinet today approved the policy to allot 100 square-yard residential plots free of cost to Scheduled Caste and below poverty line (BPL) families.

According to the policy, the eligibility of the family would be determined as per the BPL survey conducted by the Rural Development Department during the year 2007 and one family would be considered as one unit, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda told newspersons here after the cabinet meeting.

Besides, the eligible family should be a resident of the concerned village, should not own a house or plot measuring 100 sq yards or more, the family or any of its member should not be a income tax payee or have any gainful employment in the government or semi-government establishment, industry, commercial establishment, society and many more and none of the member of the family have earlier been allottd any plot of 100 sq yards or more by Panchayat or government under any scheme.

A village level committee consisting of concerned village Sarpanch, Patwari, Gram Sachiv, head of the government school, Lambardar belonging to SC/BC category will be constituted to identify the eligible families.

It also approved the proposal to calculate the pension on the basis of the pay last drawn by the Government employee on the date of retirement. Earlier, the pension was determined on the average emoluments calculated upon the last 10 months of qualifying service.

The Cabinet also decided to do away with prosecution for violations or evasion of market fees, as a relief to the traders.

Under the amended provision, evasion of market fee will attract penalty ranging from 50 to 100 per cent of the fee evaded.

Penalty for other violations has been fixed up to Rs 10,000 as maximum amount.

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