State Government to withdraw land bill

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2018 10:40:06


Staff Reporter,


THE Chhattisgarh Government on Thursday decided to withdraw the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The decision to call back the bill was taken in the Cabinet Meeting chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. Ahead of the Cabinet meeting, the leaders of Sarv Adivasi Samaj met the Chief Minister and urged him to repeal the controversial amendment Bill as the opposition Congress was trying misleading the people.

The State Government reconsidering the feedbacks it got decided to withdraw the bill. It is worth mentioning here that the Chhattisgarh Land Revenue Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed in the Chhattisgarh Assembly during the Winter Session.

The Congress had vehemently opposed the Bill in the House due to which a situation of Division of Votes arose but the Bill was ultimately passed with majority vote. The Congress continued to oppose the bill with Sarv Adivasi Samaj also expressing their resentment.

The State Government had cleared its stand on various platforms. However keeping the good spirit the Cabinet decided to call back the Bill, which is with the Governor for his signature.

The Chhattisgarh Cabinet which met for the first time in the New Year saw change of guard in the top administrative post. Incumbent Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand after being appointed as Chairman RERA, took voluntary retirement and Additional Chief Secretary Ajay Singh took over as new Chief Secretary during the meeting. On the occasion, farewell was given to Vivek Dhand and at the same time Ajay Singh was welcomed by the Cabinet.

The Chhattisgarh Cabinet in another significant decision, decided to provide ‘One Time Settlement’ facility to farmers registered under Krishak Jeevan Jyoti Scheme. Under the scheme, the farmers are liable to get free power up to 6000 and 7500 units for 3HP and 5HP irrigation pumps. However, the farmers will have to pay for the power usage exceeding the free power limits. The Cabinet today deliberated that farmers should be allowed to pay their balance payment on flat rate under the ‘One Time Settlement’ facility.

Accordingly, a decision was taken under which, such farmers whose bills are pending, have been given the option of paying bills on flat rate with effect from April 1, 2013. If the farmers opt for the option, pending power bills will be revised on flat rate amounting to Rs 100 per month per HP from the date of non-payment. The decision will benefit over 82,000 farmers who have over Rs 21 crore pending as power bills.

During the Cabinet meeting, the members of the Cabinet were briefed about the intricacies of Bharat Net Project being implemented in the state. The Cabinet today extended the last date for application for honorarium under Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan (MISA/DIR Prohibition of Political or Social Reasons) Honour Fund Rule 2008, from March 31, 2017 to December 31, 2018.