The Haryana Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday approved amendments to several existing policies, including the rules framed for Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.
The Cabinet approved the draft of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for three state police awards. The awardees of the “Chief Minister Medal for Bravery” and the “Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation” will get a one-time cash reward of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh, respectively. The officers and officials will also get a certificate/scroll signed by the chief minister and the home minister, respectively. The awardees of the CM’s Medal for Bravery, HM’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation will also get a medal along with a ribbon display above the left pocket of the uniform, six months extension in service after retirement for Group-B and C for police personnel, applicable only in case they are not availing of any other extension in service. The name of medal awardees will be published in the gazette of Haryana and the register of such names will be kept in the Home Department, Haryana.
The awardees of the DGP’s Uttam Seva Medal will get a one-time cash reward of Rs 50,000 along with a certificate/scroll signed by the the Director General of Police, Haryana, and a ribbon display above the left pocket of the uniform. Further, the name of medal awardees will be maintained in a register at Police Headquarters, Haryana.
The provisions, including eligibility criteria, selection committee, timeline, withdrawal of medal and description/design of medal, etc., have also been provided in the drafts of SOPs. The number of medals will be 1 to 10 in all three categories of awards. Extension in service will be withdrawn in case the medal is withdrawn as provided in SOPs. However, cash rewards will not be withdrawn in such cases.
Rules framed for HSGMC approved
The Cabinet approved the proposal regarding formulation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (Delimitation of wards and elections), Rules, 2023.
“The tenure of the ad hoc committee constituted to manage and supervise affairs of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee is going to expire after 18 months, and thus it was necessary to hold elections of Gurdwara in Haryana to elect members of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and for that purpose, ibid rules are required to be enacted. To provide better autonomous management and effective supervision of Sikh Gurdwaras and Gurdwara properties in the state, the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014, (for brevity the Act) was enacted by Haryana vide notification dated July 14, 2014. The Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014, was challenged by way of filing a writ petition (civil) no. 735 of 2014 before the Supreme Court. In the said petition, the Supreme Court vide order dated August 7, 2014, directed that the status quo with regard to subject Gurdwaras must be maintained by all concerned. In the light of said directions, the ad hoc committee continued beyond the period of its limitation of 18 months as provided under sub-section (8) of Section 16 of the said Act. Later, on September 20, 2022, the said writ petition was finally dismissed by the Supreme Court. The requisite rules stipulated under Section 52 of the Act for conducting the Gurdwara Elections in Haryana were not formulated so as to elect the members from various wards. Hence, after carrying out amendment to clause (8) of Section 16 of the Act, an ad hoc committee was constituted to manage and supervise the affairs of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee till a new committee as stipulated under Sections 3 and 4 of the Act is not constituted by holding elections,” a government spokesperson said.
Amendments to Haryana logistics, warehousing and retail policy
The Cabinet approved amendments to Haryana Logistics, Warehousing and Retail Policy, 2019.
“The need for the amendment arises due to different eligibility conditions mentioned for setting up ICD/warehouse/cold storage/logistics park, etc., in Haryana Logistics, Warehousing and Retail Policy, 2019, and Town and Country Planning Department policy. Apart from it, the minimum area of land and minimum approach/access road required for setting up of warehouse/ICD/cold storages were different in both the policies,” the spokesperson said.
According to the new rules, the minimum area required for agro warehouse would be 2 acres with 22 feet wide minimum access road; for agro warehouse with retail facility, the minimum area would be 2 acres with 33 feet wide minimum access road, for non-agro warehouse, it would be minimum 5 acres with 44 feet wide minimum access road and for non-agro warehouse with retail facility, it would be 5 acres with 60 feet wide minimum access road.
For Inland Container Depot (ICD), a minimum area of 20 acres to 25 acres would be required with 50 feet wide minimum access road. For setting up ICD in more than 25 acres, the minimum approach road required would be 60 feet after amendment. To set up a cold chain the minimum investment would be of Rs 15 crore, while the minimum area requirement would be 0.5 acre and minimum approach road would be 33 feet.
Nod to changes in freight assistance scheme
The Cabinet approved the amendments to Freight Assistance Scheme Notified under Haryana Enterprises and Employment Policy (HEEP) – 2020.
“As per the new amendments, a freight subsidy of Rs 25 lakh will be provided to defray the transportation cost from premises of the unit to the seaport/air cargo/international borders including other non-fiscal incentives to make the exporting of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) competitive in the global market. A freight assistance to the extent of 1 per cent of Free on Board (FOB) value or actual freight excluding government fee and taxes on transportation of goods from place of manufacture to the seaport/air cargo/by road up to international border, whichever is less based on the level of ZED Certification will be ensured. For Thrust Sectors (as notified under HEEP), a maximum subsidy up to Rs 25 lakh will be ensured to the manufacturer exporter engaged in Thrust Sector located in ‘C’ and D’ category blocks and Rs 15 lakh to the manufacturer exporter engaged in Thrust Sector located in ‘A’ and ‘B’ category blocks. For all other eligible manufacturer exporting units (Non-Thrust Sector), a maximum subsidy up to Rs 20 lakh to the manufacturer exporter located in ‘C’ and ‘D’ category blocks and Rs 10 lakh to the manufacturer exporter located in ‘A’ and ‘B’ category blocks will be ensured,” the spokesperson said.
Other vital decisions
The Cabinet approved a new scheme for engaging Self-Help Groups (SHGs) for the collection of water charges and other related services in rural areas. The scheme aims to improve the income level of women, boost women empowerment, besides ensuring gender equality. Under the scheme, the gram panchayat will pay the service charges to the SHGs from the amount received on account of the collection of water charge bills, allowance from the government for maintenance, etc.
The Cabinet approved changes in income criteria of Widow and Destitute Women Pension Scheme and conversion of the beneficiaries who have attained the age of 60 years or above to Old Age Samman Allowance Scheme. At present, the beneficiary woman under the “The Haryana Pension to Widows and Destitute Women Scheme” can avail of the benefit till her death. As per the amendment approved on Tuesday, “the women after attaining the age of 60 will get the benefits under Old Age Samman Allowance Scheme subject to the eligibility. The eligibility conditions for women pension include age must be more than 18 years, domicile – residing in Haryana for the last 15 years at the time of submission of application and income from all sources must be below Rs 3,00,000 per annum.
The Cabinet approved amendments to Haryana Outstanding Sportspersons (Group A, B and C) Service Rules, 2021. As per the new amendments, now “Sports events” mean all the events of sports which will not be limited by weight category. Earlier, the definition of ‘Event’ was not clear in any of the policies/rules of the department. This amendment has been carried out to benefit those sportspersons whose events are not played in Olympics/Commonwealth/Asian games but played in national games/national championships. Such sportspersons would now be eligible to apply for appointment in government jobs on the basis of outstanding achievements in sports.
The Cabinet also approved amendments to Haryana Micro and Small Enterprises Facilitation Council.