In a cabinet meeting convened by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday at his residence in Raipur, it was resolved to provide the former pension scheme’s benefits.
Several further significant decisions were made concerning the environment, education, infrastructure, the attraction of investors, the implementation of government programmes, and the drafting of laws concerning gaming, car tax, and unauthorised development.
A government official privy to the cabinet’s decision on the decision to provide the benefits of the old pension system stated, “The decision was made notwithstanding the central government’s unwillingness to reimburse the sum of the National Pension System (NPS) to state officers and employees.”
According to the aforementioned decision, government employees will be considered members of the Chhattisgarh General Provident Fund as of April 1, 2022, and the employee contribution deposited in the NPS account between November 1, 2004 and March 31, 2022, as well as the dividend earned on that contribution, will be payable to government employees in accordance with the NPS rules.
Employees will be eligible for the previous pension plan only after depositing the state’s contribution and any dividends earned on it. In a notarized document, government employees will have to choose between continuing under NPS or getting the benefits of the former pension scheme. This option will be irrevocable and final.
The portion put by the government into the NPS account between November 1, 2004 and March 31, 2022, as well as any dividends received, must be redeposited into the government’s account if the government employee chooses the old pension system.
State government employees hired on or after 1 April 2022 will be required to participate in the previous pension plan.
In order to entice investors to Nava Raipur Atal Nagar, the infrastructure development fee has been amended to determine the leasing premium of plots based on the sector’s area type. The Cabinet has decided to decrease the infrastructure development charge for plots larger than 50 acres from Rs 500 per square metre to Rs 100 per square metre.
Keeping environmental concerns in mind, steps are being explored to expand commercial tree planting and raise farmer income. The cabinet will launch the Mukhyamantri Vriksha Sampada Yojana in the state to plant 15 crore saplings of clonal Eucalyptus, tissue culture teak and bamboo, Millia Dubia, and saplings of other economically beneficial species on nearly 1.80 million acres over a period of five years at a rate of 36,000 acres per year.
This scheme is available to all government, semi-government, autonomous government institutions, private educational institutions, private trusts, non-government institutions, panchayats, and lease land owners who wish to plant trees on their property.
The cabinet also examined issues relating to the state’s implementation of the Millet Mission programme. The departments of agriculture, forest, cooperative, panchayat and rural development, school education, scheduled caste and tribe development, food, women and child development, and Gramodyog, as well as industries, culture, commerce and industry, tourism, public relations, home and jail, commercial tax, and health and family welfare, will take a joint initiative.
Under the state programme, the Cabinet resolved to provide fortified rice in all of the state’s districts to ration card holders (excluding APL). This endeavour will incur expenditures of Rs 26,42 crore. It also resolved to provide free food grains on Antyodaya and priority ration cards issued under the Chhattisgarh Food and Nutrition Security Act of 2012, similar to the free food grain distribution from January to December 2023 on ration cards issued under the National Food Security Act of 2013.
Four versions were accepted. These include the Chhattisgarh Regularization of Unauthorized Development (Amendment) Bill 2022 and the Chhattisgarh Gambling (Prohibition) Bill 2022, as well as the amendment draught of the Chhattisgarh Motor Vehicle Taxation Act 1991 for the imposition of a lifetime tax on vehicles in the ambulance category, the amendment of the Chhattisgarh Motor Vehicle Taxation Act 1991 and Rules 1991 to increase the temporary registration tax on vehicles, and the amendment of the Ch
In the five new districts, it was agreed to establish district-level agglomeration and district-level committees for monitoring the cluster-level execution of central and state-sponsored interdepartmental and interbody programmes.
It has been decided to initiate a special renovation programme for school buildings. Under this programme, 780 billion rupees would be spent on the restoration of schools.
The valuation of assets under the Chhattisgarh Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College Durg (Acquisition) Act of 2021 was also determined.
The report of the judicial inquiry into the death of Dantewada Assembly Constituency MLA Bhima Mandavi was delivered to the Chief Minister.