Land losers to get more developed land

Cabinet nod for providing 9,583 sq feet per acre acquired for industries

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting Home Minister V S Acharya said the scheme is presently followed during the land acquisition by agencies like Bangalore Development Authority.

The Cabinet also approved implementation of ‘Sakshara Bharat’ to promote literacy among women in 18 districts where the women literacy rate is less than 50 per cent. The programme will be implemented in a total of 3,150 gram panchayats at a cost of Rs 161 crore.

Another major decision taken by the Cabinet was to sanction development of 20 km of roads in 189 rural Assembly constituencies at a cost of Rs 20 lakh per km in the next five years. The scheme will cost the exchequer a whopping Rs 1,058 crore. Besides, the Cabinet also decided to extend the University Grants Commission (UGC) pay scale to teachers of BEd colleges.

In a move that will benefit senior pensioners, the Cabinet approved 20 per cent hike in pension presently received by government employees aged between 80 and 85 years; 30 per cent hike in pension to those aged between 85 and 90 years and 50 per cent hike to those aged above 90 years. The employees need to have retired before July 1, 1993. The hike will be provided with effect from April 1, 2006.

Emergency treatment allowance will also be provided for doctors working in ESI Hospitals. MBBS doctors will get an allowance of Rs 3,000 per month, PG diploma holders: Rs 6,000 per month, PG degree holders: Rs 8,000 per month and super specialists to get Rs 10,000 per month.

The Cabinet also approved revised pay scales for employees of subordinate courts with effect from July 1, 2003, retrospectively.

Other decisions

*  Amendment to Municipalities Act to make provision for constitution of areas sabhas on the lines of gram sabhs in corporations/CMCs (excluding BBMP). The move will help in
getting additional grants under JnNURM.

*  Amendment to Panchayat Raj Act to extend 50 per cent reservation for women for the posts of president and vice-president in Grama Panchayats.

*  Upgradation of nine roads under Karnataka Highway Improvement Project-2 at a cost of Rs 2,038 crore utilising loans provided by Asian Development Bank.

*  Victoria, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospitals to get effluent treatment plant at a cost of Rs 8.35 crore.

*  More villages to be brought under Rural Drinking Water Project in 11 districts of North Karnataka. Rs 700 crore sanctioned for second phase of the project.

*  New one km approach road to Mangalore airport at a cost Rs 7.6 crore.

*  Administrative approval for taking up development of NH 135 along Bellary airport-Hampi stretch on BOOT basis.

*  Approval for renovation of Renukamba Temple at a cost of Rs 32 crore.

*  Rs 37.1 crore for rehabilitation of villagers in 10 villages affected by backwaters of Narayanapura dam.

*  Vajpayee Arogyashree health scheme for the poor to be extended to seven taluks of Belgaum.

*  Additional Rs two crore grant for 1,000 milk co-operatives in North Karnataka.

*  Rs 7.65 crore for building a 150-bed hospital in Shikaripura and Shimoga.

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