Madhya Pradesh consents of Rs.6952 crore for 9200 fully equipped schools

Bhopal: A meeting of the Cabinet was held in Mantralaya today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The Cabinet gave consent of Rs.6952 crore for fully equipped schools in the state. The objecrive of these schools is that a high quality school should be available for the students of the state within a radius of 15 km of almost every habitation so that quality education could be provided to the students by improving the academic environment.

A total of 9200 schools in the state are targeted to be developed as schools with all resources. Of these, 350 (254 of School Education Department and 96 Tribal Welfare Department schools) schools are proposed to be fully equipped in three years in the first phase and remaining 8850 schools in the coming years, making all 9200 schools fully equipped.

In the first phase, one school (52 schools) will be established at each district level, one school (261 schools) at all other block level except the district headquarter block and 37 schools will be set up in big cities and underprivileged places.

These schools, which are being operated from pre-primary to Class XIIth, will have fully equipped infrastructure, quality smart classrooms, all kinds of laboratories, library, art, music, sports and transportation facilities etc.

Transfer of Rs 300 crore approved

The Cabinet decided that the amount of Rs 300 crore allocated to Narmada Valley Development Department for Narmada Basin Projects Company Limited should be transferred to Narmada Basin Projects Company Limited.

Posts of District Public Prosecution Officer approved

While dedicating 33 vacant posts of Assistant District Public Prosecution Officer, the Cabinet approved the creation of 33 new posts of District Public Prosecution Officer (56100-177500 according to the 7th pay scale) for conducting prosecution before the Special Court constituted under the Prevention of Atrocities on Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes 1989.

Mineral department

The economy has been affected by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, due to which legal difficulties have arisen in the operation of sand mines, the demand for sand minerals in the market is not as high as was expected at the time of auction.

Various decisions were taken by the Council of Ministers with the objective of giving relief to the tenderers for the smooth operation of sand mines in view of the Covid-19 pandemic under the Madhya Pradesh Sand (Mining, Transport, Storage and Trade) Rules, 2019. Under this, minimum 50 percent of the monthly installment amount due from May to September 2021 by the contractors of sand group will be payable on the first day of the month.

In the event of selling sand in excess of the amount of the above deposit amount in the month of May 2021 and the stock available earlier, the contractor will have to pay the amount of the quantity sold in excess of the installment amount of the month of May 2021 on the first day of the month of June, 2021 should be deposited on the basis of principle (Pay as you go). The total amount to be deposited for the month shall not exceed the payable monthly installment. The same process will be applicable for the coming months also. The balance amount will be deferred without interest.

As per the prescribed provision, recovery of the delayed amount will be recovered in five equal installments in the form of quarterly installments from April 1, 2022, from sand clusters whose contracts are contracted till June 30, 2023. The sand groups whose contracts are expiring on June 30, 2022, they will be able to get the option of getting contract extensionby till June 30, 2023, till July 31, 2021, according to the circular 26 May 2020 of the Mineral Resources Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh. Contractors who do not opt ​​for contract extension, will have to pay the delayed amount in 6 equal monthly installments with effect from January 1, 2022, as per the prescribed provision.

According to the provision of Rule 10 of Madhya Pradesh Sand (Mining, Transport, Storage and Trade) Rules, 2019, the annual increase of 10 percent for the sand year 2021-22 on July 1, 2021 will be deferred without interest. It has been clarified that on July 1, 2022, as per the provision of Rule 10 of the Madhya Pradesh Sand (Mining, Transport, Storage and Trade) Rules, 2019, an annual increase of 10 percent will be applicable for the sand year 2022-23.

This delayed amount should be recovered by increasing the sand contract days after the expiry of the contract period, proportionately, at the rate prevailing on 30 June, 2022 / 30 June, 2023. This quantity of sand shall be available to the contractor for lifting on payment in addition to the last year of the contract period, subject to statutory sanctions.

The contractor will have to execute the supplementary contract by September 30, 2021 for the extended period as above. In case of non-execution of supplementary contract within this stipulated period, the contractor will not be able to avail the above benefits.

While making partial amendment in Rule 10(2) of Madhya Pradesh Sand (Mining, Transport, Storage and Trade) Rules 2019 and circular 31 December 2020 of Mineral Resources Department, partial payment of installment due for the month which will be minimum 25 percent, can be made by the sand contractor in a month. A proportionate sand quantity of this amount will also be released to the contractor for lifting. But the contractor will have to compulsorily pay the balance amount due for the month and other dues in the same month as per the provisions prescribed in the contract prescribed in Rule 13(2) of the (Mining, Transport, Storage and Trade) Rules, 2019.

The contractors who have deposited the entire installment amount for the month of May, 2021, that amount will be adjusted as above. This benefit will be given to only those contractors, who have paid the entire dues / installments till April 2021 and have agreed to get this relief.

The above decision of the government will facilitate the operation of sand mines and the revenue interest of the state will not be affected.

Other decisions

The Cabinet ratified the order issued by the department on 30 December 2020 in compliance and the order of the Chief Minister issued on 29 December 2020 to temporarily create 6 posts of Additional Director General of Police in the pay scale matrix-15 (182200-224100) for a period of 2 years.