The Uttarakhand government has taken a decision to regularise 2.41 crore sqm of nazul land (government land given on lease), which would provide ownership rights to those who have been legally or illegally staying on such land. Usually, such land is given on 90-year or 30-year lease. The new policy was approved by the state cabinet at a meeting, chaired by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, in Dehradun on Tuesday.
For the purpose, the government has divided the land holders into three categories — those who have fulfilled all formalities, those who have not got the lease renewed and those who have violated all terms and conditions. As per the guidelines, a certain percentage of the current circle rate would be charged from the people who are in possession of nazul land. The state government expects to collect Rs 2,000 crore revenue from this.“For those who have not violated any norms and have residential land of less that 200 sqm under their possession will have to pay 25% of the present circle rate to get ownership right. They will have to give 35% of the circle rate for land measuring between 200 sq meter and 500 sq meter and 60% of the circle rate for land measuring over 500 sq meter,” said sources.
Those holding residential land under the last two categories can get ownership right after paying a certain percentage of the current circle rate.The Uttarakhand cabinet has also given the nod to increase staff strength at the office of the advocate general. At present, there are 59 employees at this office, and their number will go up to 68.
The cabinet has also approved the proposed rules and policies for private security agencies of Uttarakhand, where 20,000 guards work for over 150 security agencies. Earlier, training was given at three government centres, but now security agencies can give training to guards at their own centres.
As per the approved guidelines, the state government has directed security agencies to have parade areas as per the standard norms. The government has instructed the agencies to have a proper training course, which should include 100-hour theory, 60 hours of field training and minimum of 20 days training for guards. For former defence personnel and retired policemen, the theory class must be for 40 hours, field training for 16 hours and overall training of seven days.
The cabinet also decided to resume the work on World Bank-aided Uttarakhand health system development projects, which has been is lying idle for a year now in absence of a required committee. The cabinet has approved the setting up of the project governing body, to be headed by the chief secretary with additional chief secretary and some other senior state officials as members. The second body – the steering committee – would have members, including the additional chief secretary and health and finance officers.