September 13, 2017 08:59 PM

Chandigarh  (Face2News)

Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today approved the amendment in provisions of the Haryana Excise Policy for the year 2017-18.

As per the amendment a licensee who has not established all his allowed vends or sub vends may be allowed to establish vends or sub vends at locations alongside National Highways or State Highways in Municipal areas on payment of additional fee. The number of new establishments will be subject to maximum limit prescribed in the Excise Policy.

The additional license fee for shifting or establishing each liquor vend or sub vend have been fixed at the rate of 30 per cent of average of the license fee of one vend in the zone for remaining period. The quantum of additional license fee, therefore, would be in proportion to the license fee of a zone. The bars, pubs, clubs, licenses in banquets except L-2, L-14A, composite liquor vends and their sub vends will be allowed to establish or renew their licenses alongside national or state highways in Municipal areas without payment of any additional license fee.

The additional license fee for shifting or establishing each liquor vend or sub vend have been fixed at the rate of 30 per cent of average of the license fee of one vend in the zone for remaining period. The quantum of additional license fee, therefore, would be in proportion to the license fee of a zone. The bars, pubs, clubs, licenses in banquets except L-2, L-14A, composite liquor vends and their sub vends will be allowed to establish or renew their licenses alongside national or state highways in Municipal areas without payment of any additional license fee.

It is expected that the State may get additional revenue of Rs 20 crore on account of license fee, duty and VAT. It is expected that additional revenue of Rs 25 crore will be received from liquor vends that may get shifted to places along national and state highways.

This change in policy is following the order of the Supreme Court of July 2017 lifting the ban on setting up of bars and liquor shops along highways in urban areas. It was clarified that number of vends or sub vends will not increase beyond the number already permitted in Excise Policy of March 2017.

INTERVIEW SYSTEM DURING SELECTION PROCESS CHANGED:Haryana Government has decided to dispense with the interview system during the selection process in case of recruitment to Group C and D posts in the State. 

VIDHAN SABHA SESSION FROM OCTOBER 23: Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, here today, decided to convene Vidhan Sabha Session from October 23 to 25, 2017.Education Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma gave this information while interacting with media persons after the cabinet meeting. He said that four sessions of Vidhan Sabha were being called during the tenure of present State Government whereas only two sessions were called during the tenure of previous State Government.

HARYANA APPROVED HARYANA IT AND ESDM POLICY:  Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today approved Haryana IT and ESDM Policy-2017. The policy envisages one Wi-Fi zone in all 6,078 gram panchayats within two years, broadband to every household and Wi-Fi zone at important public places in all towns and cities, 4G services in every village in the next three years.

The policy aims to develop Information Technology (IT) and Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sectors over five years as key growth drivers for realising the state’s vision set under the Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015. The five-year goal of the draft policy includes generation of employment for 15 lakh persons in the IT-ESDM sector by 2020, increasing the sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state from 9.4 per cent to 15 per cent, and making Haryana pioneer in research and development for ESDM by producing 1,000 patents.

It is after the year 2000 that targeted policy for IT and ESDM sector is being launched. It was long overdue, and this policy will enable a tremendous growth in the sector. Under the draft policy, provision has been made for various financial incentives, simplified regulatory regime and infrastructure augmentation for different categories such as IT and ITeS, ESDM, Startups, MSME, AVGC, backward and most backward regions and digital governance. The policy is formulated after various rounds of deliberation with Govt of India and other stakeholders including industry associations, investors, industry experts, etc.

The policy lays strong thrust on manufacturing and dovetailing with Enterprise Promotion Policy 2015, offers lucrative incentives to promote growth in ESDM sector in Haryana. The policy offers various fiscal incentives such as reimbursement of SGST, Capital Subsidy, Stamp duty exemption, etc. Further, for IT and ITeS units property tax will be levied at rate of industrial tariff.

The policy envisages to have at least one digital literate person in every household of Haryana and Vishwkarma university at Palwal will be designing appropriate curriculum to ensure this goal under the policy. Various goals for digital governance have been defined under the policy, including state-wide digital network in each Gram Panchayat of Haryana under the National Optic Fiber Network (NOFN) project by 2017, and Wi-Fi zone in all Gram Panchayats, at important public places in all towns and cities and public Wi-Fi hotspots.

This policy envisages to create a holistic ecosystem which is conducive for investors in Haryana. Landmark decisions such levying External Development Charges on actual but not normative rates, allowing license to develop IT Parks in an area of less than 5 acre, etc are proposed in IT and ESDM Policy 2017.
State government realizes that power is a significant input in the factors of production, and has proposed a subsidy in power tariff for select industrial units. This policy not only offers attractive fiscal incentives, but envisions to create a holistic ecosystem in Haryana by reducing the regulatory burden, augmenting infrastructure and targeting skill develop to create jobs for local youth.The policy serves as yet another key milestone of the present government.

STARTUP POLICY TO DEVELOP STATE: Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal here today approved Start-up Policy to develop the State as a resourceful and inventive start-up hub of the country by supporting and assisting the new-age innovators and entrepreneurial talents across the State. 

The policy aimed at attracting investments to the tune of Rs 1500 crore in the incubation and start-up ecosystem in Haryana during the policy period, facilitating venture capital funding of a minimum of Rs 200 crore and encouraging, facilitating and incubating at least 500 start-ups.
This is to be done by creating a sustainable ecosystem of innovation, research and development and engineering in the state, aligning Haryana with the ‘Start-up India’, a flagship initiative of the Central Government, enhancing Industry-Academia Collaboration and linking universities, research institutions and the business community and promoting businesses that are aligned with a region’s unique areas of opportunity.For this purpose, it is proposed to establish a Start-up Hub in Gurugram and at least 22 technology, business incubators or accelerators, one in each district, covering the various sector as mapped with the resource strength of the region. It is proposed to develop incubation space of one million square feet across the State.

For the purpose of the this policy, the definition proposed by Central Government has been adopted, which define the Startup as “a private limited company (as defined in the Companies Act, 2013) or registered as a Partnership firm (registered under Section 59 of the Partnership Act, 1932) or a limited liability partnership (under the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008) in India; not prior to seven years and in the case of Biotechnology Companies this period shall be up to 10 years; With annual turnover not exceeding INR 25 crore in any preceding financial year; and Working towards innovation, development or improvement of products or processes or services, or a scalable business model with a high potential of employment generation or wealth creation.”

Such an entity would cease to avail further benefits under this draft policy if its turnover for the previous financial years has exceeded Rs 25 crore and/or it has completed Seven years from the date of incorporation or registration. To be eligible, the company or entity should be registered in Haryana under the Haryana Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 1958 and should employ at least 50 per cent of its total qualified workforce in Haryana.

All applications of potential start-ups received by the Policy Implementation Committee would undergo a preliminary examination by the committee headed by the Principal Secretary, IT. After preliminary examination, a list of shortlisted applications would be tagged to the subject related incubators. The incubators after the incubation process would prepare a proposal and the list of recommendations or proposals of the incubators would be placed before the Policy Implementation Committee, which would examine these recommendations and further issue the recognition certificates. It is only after this certification that the start-ups would be eligible for the incentives under this Policy.

After an extensive stakeholder consultation, the policy has been built upon the five important Pillars; infrastructure augmentation, fiscal support, fund of fund creation, regulatory support and student entrepreneurship. Infrastructure augmentation involves development of training infrastructure, including Start-up Warehouse being developed by Haryana State Electronic Development Corporation Limited (HARTRON) in Collaboration with NASSCOM, over 10,000 square feet in Gurugram, Mobile Application Centre being established over 4,000 square feet in collaboration with Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) at Hartron Multi Skill Development Centre, to cater to the rising demand of app developers by the Industry. This would be a platform for amateurs to interact with industry experts who shall mentor the budding developers. United Nation Innovation & Technology Lab would also be built in Collaboration with the United Nation, with an aim to promote the Local Women Entrepreneurship, this lab (UNTIL) would further strengthen our drive towards women empowerment, through this lab, a dedicated Fund raising initiative would be Kickstarted, with a target to raise 5 Million USD, to support the women entrepreneurship in the State. A center of excellence for IoT (Internet of things) would also be established to promote innovation in the field of IoT, Robotics and AI (Artificial Intelligence) and create framework for adoption of newer solution by the Industries. Also, an Entrepreneurs’ Centre (a co-working space) would be built in Gurugram over an area of 2 acre, having 2500 seats and other common infrastructure to establish Haryana as a Startup destination of the country.

The Government would establish at least one world-class Accelerator by inviting Global Accelerators to set up there facility in the State and bring in international expertise.
Under fiscal support, the Government would provide fiscal incentives to incubators, including Capital Subsidy, reimbursement for recurring expenses, exemption on Stamp Duty and registration. The Government would provide various incentives to the start-ups as well, the incentives provisioned under the Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015, would also be extended to them.

Under the Fund of Fund component, to provide funding support to start-ups, the Haryana Government would create a corpus of Rs 100 crore to facilitate the scaling up of prospective startups. This fund would be utilized for the Series A funding by Venture Capital. The Fund will be about the nature of ‘Fund of Funds’, which means that it will not invest directly into start-ups, but would participate as limited partner in SEBI-approved early-stage Venture Capital Funds, up to 10 per cent. The Venture Capital Fund thus created would invest twice the amount contributed by the State Government in start-ups located in Haryana, based on its own criteria. Also, a Seed Fund of 15 Cr would be created to be disbursed as seed funding to the Startups, qualified startup would be eligible for funding of INR 3 lakh each.
As part of regulatory ease, the Haryana Government would enhance the ease of doing business by ensuring that all clearances are approved under Single Window System in a time-bound manner. Eligible start-ups would be exempted from inspections by government regulatory agencies for seven years unless there is threat to life and safety. In case a unit has to be inspected for certain reasons, the permission of the District Magistrate would be obtained. Besides, preference would be given to start-ups in procurement of products and services.

As per the policy, the State Government would work with universities, educational institutions and the industry to provide pre-trained manpower in emerging technologies and to foster a culture of entrepreneurship in all sectors. This would be done through academic intervention, distribution of technology kits in schools and scientific conferences for industry-institute collaboration. Universities may also introduce the concept of Student Entrepreneur in Residence wherein students who wish to pursue entrepreneurship could take a break of one year, after the first year, to pursue entrepreneurship full time.

HARYANA STATE COMMISSION FOR SAFAI KARAMCHARIES SET UP:  Haryana Cabinet  decided to set up ‘Haryana State Commission for Safai Karamcharis’ for redressal of complaints and grievances of Safai Karamcharis.The Central Government had constituted National Commission for Safai Karamcharis in 1993. The Union Government has already enacted an Act namely, ‘The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavenger and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013’.

Major functions of the commission would be to investigate, examine and monitor all matters relating to the safeguards provided for Safai Karamcharis under the Constitution of India or any other law in force, and evaluate the working of such safeguards. It would also participate and advise on the planning process of socio-economic and educational development of Safai Karamcharis, evaluate the progress of their development, and advise the government on legislative and development policies affecting the Safai Karamcharis.

The commission would also monitor implementation of laws and welfare measures concerning Safai Karamcharis and initiate action for legal and administrative reforms to improve their socio-economic and educational status, and to inquire into specific complaints with respect to the deprivation of rights and safe- guards of Safai Karamcharis.
It would also conduct studies and research into the problems of Safai Karamcharis and report the same to the government for appropriate action and undertake public interest litigation on behalf of individual or a group of Safai Karamcharis who, in the opinion of the commission, based on facts and evidence brought before it, have suffered injustice or discrimination or intervene in any pending judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding before a court or authority relating to such matter, and provide legal aid and rehabilitation in deserving cases.

It would also hold seminars, debates and discussions on the problems affecting Safai Karamcharis to create public awareness. It will present to the government annually and at such other times as the commission may deem fit, reports on the working of the safeguards referred to in the preceding clauses and review the existing provisions of the laws affecting the Safai Karamcharis and making recommendations qua remedial legislative measures to overcome any lacunae or shortcomings.

It would also suggest and recommend the measures for protection, welfare, socio-economic and educational development of Safai Karamcharis and any other matter which may be considered necessary and proper by the commission for their welfare or which may be referred to it by the Government.
The commission would also function to review or monitor the implementation of programmes and schemes especially sponsored by the state government for welfare of scavengers and Safai Karamcharis.
It would, as far as possible, operate in association and consultation with non-government organisations (NGOs) in the state, particularly Safai Karamcharis’ organisations, besides government departments and agencies in the discharge of its functions.
For the purpose of involving NGOs, the commission may evolve and notify norms and standards in consultation with NGOs on the basis of which it may identify and empanel the organisations in the state. A list of such empanelled organisations would be maintained by the commission and made available to the government, if sought.

CABINET NOD TO REEMPLOYMENT TO  RETIRED EDUCATIONISTS:  The Haryana Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, here today, approved the Higher Education Department's proposal to re-employ retired assistant professors, associate professors and principals of government colleges after superannuation beyond 58 years of age, across the state. The re-employment would be given upto the age of 60 years.

Under the process of re-employment, the retired assistant professors, associate professors and principals must not have attained the age of 59 and a half years on the date of advertisement. Eighty per cent of their last 10 years ACRs should have the grade ‘Very Good’ or above. They should not have been held guilty and punished in any departmental proceedings during their service, nor should such a proceeding be pending.
Further, they should not be facing criminal trial nor should have been convicted in any court of law. Preference would be given to such retired principals, assistant professors and associate professors as have achieved any national or state level award during their active service. He or she would have to produce medical fitness certificate of CMO. Applications from retired assistant professors, associate professors and principals, who fulfill the criteria, would be invited at the headquarters for the colleges where there is shortage. 

UDAY SCHEME: SANCTION 3892 CRORESS ANNUALY: CABINET accorded approval to convert the grant in aid into State Equity amounting to Rs 3892.50 crore each for financial years 2015-16 and 2016-17 issued under the UDAY Scheme.  The cabinet also decided that for the Financial Years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 also, the UDAY Grant would be released in the form of equity to the Haryana Power Utilities and Rs 3892.50 crore per annum.  

JOB TO MARTYER KIN: Haryana Government has decided to provide compassionate appointment to Mrs Jaswanti Devi, married daughter of Martyr Rohtash Singh.
A decision to this effect was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today. She has been provided job of Clerk on compassionate grounds by relaxing the norms of the policy, which provides for employment in Class III and IV jobs to one dependent of every Haryana domicile martyr of armed or paramilitary forces.

Martyr Rohtash Singh, had died in OP PAWAN (Sri Lanka) on May 14, 1989. At that time her daughter was 12 years old. Now she has requested the government go give appointment as per policy. Her qualification is MA, B.Ed. and is eligible for the post of Clerk. The present Government has so far given compassionate appointment to 152 dependents of martyrs including 141 of Army and 11 of paramilitary forces.

NAIB TEHSILDAR NOW TO BE APPOINTED THGROUGH  SERVICE COMMON EXAMINATION: Cabinet has given its approval to fill up the post of Naib Tehsildar of Revenue Department through Haryana Civil Services (Executive Branch) and Allied Services and Other Service Common Examination.

CABINET APPROVED SHIFTING OF 11 VILLAGES TO ANOTHER : Approved a proposal of Revenue and Disaster Management Department to shift 11 villages from Sub Tehsil, Tigaon to Tehsil Faridabad in district Faridabad. A decision to this effect was taken on the basis of recommendations of the Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad. These villages are Kheri Kalan, Bhatola, Kheri Khurd, Badarpur Said, Tajupur, Bhupani, Bhaskola, Mahawatpur, Nachaoli, Maujmabad and Chak Majai. 

GOVT.TO PURCHASE LAND FOR CONSTRUCTION OF GHAGGAR RIVER BRIDGE: Haryana Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today, has approved a proposal of Public Works (Building and Roads) Department to purchase 2.84 acres of land from land owners at collector rates for the construction of bridge over Ghaggar River crossing link road from Rania to Kuttabudh in district Sirsa. 

The land would be purchased at collector rate applicable for year 2016-17. In Rania, the collector rates of fertile land is Rs17.5 lakh per acre and for unfertile land is Rs10.4 lakh per acre. The collector rate of entire land in village Kuttabudh is Rs17 lakh per acre.

PAROLE TO PRISONERS : Haryana Government has deleted the sub-rule 4 (2) of the Haryana Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Rules, 2007 to enable those prisoners for grant of parole, who have been convicted and sentenced for imprisonment less than four years.  

SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING: Haryana Cabinet has given its approval to the proposal of Skill Development and Industrial Training Department to promulgate an Ordinance to further amend the Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University Act, 2016. This decision is taken in a meeting of State Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today.The promulgation of the Ordinance has been necessitated as the State legislature is not in session and is unlikely to be convened. The Ordinance will be called the Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017. The Ordinance would facilitate creation of posts and prescribe the terms and conditions for appointment of Director, Principal, Teachers, non-teaching and other staff. Also it would facilitate to establish, maintain and manage the Knowledge Resource Centre, University Extension Boards, Information Bureaus, Employment Bureaus and Autonomous Evaluation Boards, wherever required.

AMENDMENT IN CIVIL DENTAL GROUP A SERVICE RULES: Cabinet approved to amend Haryana Civil Dental Group ‘A’ Service Rules, 1987.The new rules will be called Haryana Civil Dental Group ‘A’ Service (Amendment) Rules, 2017.As per amendment, the post of Director, Health Services (Dental) would be filled up either by promotion from amongst Senior Dental Surgeons or by transfer or deputation of an officer already in service of any State government or the Central government. In case of Dental Surgeon, a member of Haryana health Department Dental (Group B) Service, would become a member of the service after satisfactory completion of his period of probation in the said service. 

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