Haryana clears policy for allotment of govt land to religious institutions

Last Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 19:21

Chandigarh: The Haryana Government on Sunday approved a policy for allotment of government land for social, religious, charitable trusts or institutions for construction of places of worship, dharamshala or community centres.

As per the policy, the applicant should be a registered legal entity, that is a Society registered under the Haryana Registration and Regulation of Societies Act 2012, or a Trust registered under the Indian Trust Act, or a Not-for-Profit company registered under the Indian Companies Act.

The Government would consider allotment of land only at places where government land is available and can be spared for the purpose after meeting the needs of the government, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda told reporters here after chairing a meeting of the state cabinet.

"This policy does not in any manner create a right in anybody to demand allotment of land for the said purposes," he clarified.

According to an official release, the government would allot the sites only where the access to such community sites is from a 15 meters wide road so as to ensure that the access to the site is congestion-free.

The government land may be allotted on lease hold basis on payment of upfront lease premium and, thereafter, payment of annual lease rentals.

In another decision, the cabinet, authorised the Chief Minister to provide tax relief under Haryana Value Added Tax Act, 2003, to textile and textile products that include sarees, shawls and unstitched women`s suits, bed sheets with pillow covers of the value not exceeding Rs 500 and textile mats of value not exceeding Rs 50 per piece.

The Cabinet also approved bringing an ordinance for inserting "Amnesty Scheme" in the Haryana Value Added Tax Act 2003 so as to facilitate recovery of old arrears of taxes and to provide relief to all types of dealers from payment of penalties and interest in the state.

"Amnesty Scheme" will enable the state to recover arrears of various taxes which are outstanding and are difficult to recover. At present there is no enabling provision in the Act to notify the Amnesty scheme, the release said.

Tax arrears including interest and penalty amounting to Rs 5,560.43 crore are outstanding in the state as on June 30, 2014, under the Haryana Value Added Tax Act 2003 and Central Sales Tax Act 1956.

Following up on the Chief Minister`s announcement yesterday, the cabinet has decided to give an option to the employees to serve till the age of 60 years "provided they are fit to continue in service".

Similarly, the class-IV employees will serve till the age of 62 years. The date of superannuation will remain unchanged.

The cabinet also decided to amend its existing policy for providing compassionate appointment in "feeder cadre" in Class-III and IV posts to a dependent of martyr of armed forces personnel or para military forces personnel.

As per the amendment, the dependent of martyrs who lost their life prior to January 1, 2014 would be covered under the policy. This decision would provide equal opportunity to those dependents of martyrs who killed in action in border skirmishes, terrorist attacks or riots in additional to other financial benefits to bereaved family.

The cabinet also approved amendment in the policy for grant of licence for Low-Density Eco-Friendly Colonies in the state.

In another decision, the cabinet decided that the Commonwealth Games medal winners who have not applied for jobs, will be given a job.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 19:21

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