Crucial Cabinet decisions set the ball rolling paving way for progress

TLT Bureau

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh cabinet in its recent meeting has held some crucial decicions which will have a far reaching impact on the state. In the high priority meeting held under the CM Yogi Adityanath the process of reservation of seats to be decided afresh for the panchayat polls was given an official nod. The state cabinet, took this decision at a meeting with the decks now clear for the promulgation of the Uttar Pradesh Panchayati Raj (Reservation and Allotment of Places and Posts) (Twelfth Amendment) Rules, 2021.

The decision comes at the backdrop of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court directing the U.P. government to finalise the process of reservation of seats in the panchayat polls with 2015 as the base year.

The panchayat elections have now been extended till May 25. Notably for many local players in the state, the Panchayat elections usually held in the rural heartland reflects that actual mood and does prove to be a curtain raiser before the main election in 2022.

The state cabinet has also approved extending benefits of Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana to poor formost among them being Tharus, Sahariyas and Kols.

The government furthermore authorized the Chief Minister for bringing necessary amendments in the guidelines of the Chief Minister Housing Scheme-Rural from time to time.

As U.P. plans to bring in a well planned network of airports in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the cabinet approved a proposal to purchase private land for the Noida International Airport Jewar. It is a decision with the further expansion of the airport in mind.

Land measuring 1,365 hectares is wanted for the expansion of the project. With land acquisition leading to displacement, the cabinet approved expenditure of Rs 2,890 crore for the land acquisition, besides resettlement and rehabilitation of the displaced on expansion of the greenfield project.

In Uttar Pradesh, the Uttar Pradesh Municipal Corporation (Property Tax) Rules-2000 are applicable for collection of property tax in the municipal corporations of the state. With Municipal councils and nagar panchayats having no set rules for taxing the annual value of a building or land or both. there had been an arbitrary attitude in the collection of property tax. Now that changes. The Uttar Pradesh Municipality (Tax on Annual Value of a building or land or both) Rules-2021 has been approved with a view to make the process of taxation on annual value simple, transparent and objective.

An area-wise rent rate will be decided in the Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayats. The new rules provide a big relief to the old building owners.

The state cabinet also gave a green signal for an interest waiver scheme for the trading community. The state government will levy home tax in small towns in the Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayats. The building owner will now be able to submit his own house tax and determine it.

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