MoU to be signed with INTACH to declare Delhi World Heritage ci

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New Delhi, Apr 17 (UNI) The Delhi Cabinet today gave its nod for signing of an MoU with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) for declaration of Delhi as a World Heritage City.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal to grant huge concessional facilities on purchase of battery-operated vehicles in the Capital city. Apart from this, the Cabinet has approved certain relaxations for implementation of an Assured Career Progression (ACP) Scheme for teachers and also granted full-time teacher status to part time language teachers appointed by three Language Academies by sanctioning 128 to 139 per cent increase in their remuneration.

Briefing mediapersons after the meetings Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the Cabinet has given its nod for signing of an MoU with INTACH to prepare for declaration of Delhi as a World Heritage City. ''The government is committed to making Delhi a heritage city by undertaking conservation-orientation development works. INTACH would provide the expertise and consultancy and facilitate applying to UNESCO for getting the World Heritage City status for Delhi. It would also bring heritage awareness among the citizens,''Ms Dikshit said.

Ms Dikshit said her government would allow the citizens of Delhi to have access to a clean-fuelled vehicle to ensure improvement in the air quality of Delhi.

The Cabinet has decided to grant 29.5 per cent concessional facilities on purchase of 2/3/4 wheel battery-operated vehicles in the Capital-city. The concessions such as VAT refund of 12.5 per cent through the Air Ambience Fund, 15 per cent subsidy on the base price of the vehicle also to be refunded to the dealer through the Air Ambience Fund for all indigenously manufactured battery-operated vehicles being noiseless and pollution-free.

''The government is committed to ensuring that zero pollution vehicles are given encouragement and support. For making battery-operated vehicle to become attractive to the consumers, certain concessions are necessary to be provided to the customers to motivate them to go for cleaner vehicle option,''Ms Dikshit said.

She said the total collection from the Air Ambience Fund will be sufficient to cover concessional facilities.

Apart from this, two per cent concession of Road Tax and registration expenses would also be granted by way of its reimbursement through the Air Ambience Fund.

Ms Dikshit further stated that her government has decided to grant full-time teacher status to all 231 part-time teachers deployed by Punjabi, Urdu and Sanskrit Academy in the government schools of Directorate of Education. It has also decided to grant consolidated remuneration at par with the enhanced remuneration proposed for Kashmiri migrant teachers. As such their remuneration would be enhanced between 128 to 139 per cent.

The financial implication of this increase will be to the tune of Rs 2,12,33,000. Sanskrit Academy has deployed 50 teachers, Urdu Academy has deployed 75 and Punjabi Academy has deployed 106 teachers.

The part-time teachers are being offered full-time status keeping in view the large number of vacancies of language teachers in government schools. The government would, however, continue its efforts to fill vacant posts. The government has granted concessions to large number of teachers in implementing the ACP scheme.

It has been decided to count past service rendered in the MCD as Assistant/Primary Teacher for the purpose of grant of second upgradation under the ACP Scheme after completion of 24 years of service in respect of those teachers who joined the Directorate of Education as TGT from MCD on promotion or absorption after 26th May, 1980.


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