Cabinet approves measures to enable sea-plane operations in Tehri
Decisions taken on eight issues in a cabinet meeting
The state cabinet opened the way for signing a memorandum of understanding for facilitating operation of sea-planes in the state. Decisions related to this and other issues were taken in the meeting of the state cabinet held on Wednesday.
Informing the media about the cabinet meeting, Cabinet minister and state government spokesman Madan Kaushik said that of the 10 issues in the meeting, decisions were taken on eight while two could not be discussed.
He said that the cabinet had approved reduction of VAT on aviation turbine fuel for sea-planes from 20 per cent to one per cent. Further, 2.5 acre land would be provided in Tehri for the purpose of facilitating operation of sea-planes to and from the Tehri dam reservoir. The State Government would sign a memorandum of understanding with the Government of India and Airport Authority of India after which under the regional connectivity scheme Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), sectors would be bid out for sea-plane operation. Initially, the flights would be to and from the Tehri dam reservoir. As part of the viability gap funding, the government of India will bear 80 per cent while the State Government will bear 20 per cent of the expense not earned back by the service provider.
The cabinet also approved setting up of a committee under the additional chief secretary (personnel) to draft the service conditions for 27 secretariat personnel who were transferred from various departments. Under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises department, the cabinet approved 2.5 lakh Singapore dollars donation to National University of Singapore for studying and submitting reports in one year on the Dehradun smart city project and health aspects in the MSME sector. After the high court quashed the 2016 service rules pertaining to regularisation of personnel, as per the directions of the court, the cabinet approved provision of some preference to the 515 affected personnel.
Kaushik further informed that in the case of a memorandum of understanding signed in the past between the state government and a company for building a five-star hotel and convention centre in Garhi cantonment, following a dispute which went into arbitration, the cabinet has agreed to pay back Rs 4.54 crore to the company Epitome Probuild Private Limited sans the interest amount.
Further, the cabinet also approved drafting of Uttarakhand food safety health cadre rules and creation of 50 posts. The cabinet also approved one time relaxation in dynamic career progression conditions in provincial medical and dentist service for upper pay-scale, leaves and other aspects. Chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh was also present during the media briefing. Read more posts…
Thursday, 27 December 2018 | PNS | Dehradun—
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