Motorcycle Taxi scheme launched; easy loans for vendors and squatters
In its meeting held on Thursday, the Uttarakhand cabinet has approved the proposals to provide employment opportunities under the Chief Minister’s Self employment scheme. The cabinet spokesperson Mandan Kaushik said that the cabinet in its meeting on Thursday gave its approval to the ‘Motorcycle Taxi scheme’ under which the state cooperative banks would provide a loan of Rs 60000 to the interested persons for purchase of motorcycles to be used commercially by the tourists as taxis. The state government would bear the interest amount on the loan for a period of two years. The minister claimed that initially 6000 unemployed would get benefitted under the scheme. In another decision which is expected to benefit 50000 roadside and mobile (hand held carts) vendors and squatters, collateral free loans would be provided under a centrally sponsored scheme. The Uttarakhand government under CM self employment scheme would provide a subsidy of two percent in addition to the benefits of the central scheme.
Kaushik said that the union government has increased the borrowing limit of the state under the fiscal budget management system from existing three percent to five percent of Gross Domestic Production (GDP) of the state. Of this increased limit of two percent funds up to 1.5 percent of GDP should be used for works such as one nation one ration card scheme, ease of doing business, increasing efficiency of public utilities and improving the power sector. In other decisions, the state cabinet simplified the guidelines of the disaster management act and amended the Cooperatives act. The cabinet also vetted the amendments suggested by the union government in the GST act and approved nursing services recruitment regulations. On the suggestion of an expert committee on ethanol production, the cabinet decided to set up an ethanol plan of 100 Kilo Litre per Day (KLPD) capacity at Bazpur sugar plant under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. For setting up a Kendriya Vidhyalaya (KV) at Bhimtal, the state government transferred a 0.25 hectare of land to the Kendriya Vidhyalaya Sangathan (KVS) free of cost. To regulate the business of on demand taxi services (provided by operators like Ola and Uber), the cabinet approved the regulations of Uttarakhand on demand transport facility. The cabinet also settled the long pending issue of resettlement of the employees of Uptron limited Almora. The unit was closed in 1999. Kaushik added that the cabinet also handed over the power of decision making for staying and other arrangements during Kumbh at Haridwar 2021 to the chief minister.
Friday, 19 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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