MP Govt to start Yuva Swabhiman Yojana, hikes Centre’s pension schemes

Bhopal : February 7, 2019 (Muslim Saleem): In a meeting held at the Mantralaya today under the chairmanship Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath, the Cabinet has decided to introduce the Yuva Swabhiman Yojana in the state. This decision was taken with the purpose of making the youth of the state self-reliant in the time to come and to give them professional skill training.
Under the scheme, urban youth have been given 100 days employment guarantee in a year. The benefit of the scheme can be taken by such urban youth in 21-30 age group whose income is maximum Rs. 2 lakh annually. Rs 4 thousand per month stipend will be provided to the youth. The process of registration for this scheme will begin from February 10 in urban bodies. Six lakh 50 thousand youth of the state will be trained under the scheme. A financial burden of Rs 750 crore will be incurred in the implementation of the scheme.
The Cabinet approved a hike of Rs 600 from Rs 300-500 as per eligible beneficiary under Government of India schemes including Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension, Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension, Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme etc.
The Cabinet has hiked the pension of beneficiaries including elderly citizens, disabled, destitutes, widows, unmarried women, kanya guardians, all inmates of old age homes under state government’s Integrated Social Security Pension Scheme from Rs.300-500 to Rs 600 per month per beneficiary according to their eligibility. . About 40 lakh 37 thousand 553 elderly citizens, unmarried women, destitute and disabled beneficiaries of the state will avail the benefits.
Similarly, the Cabinet approved Rs 600 per month per beneficiary as per eligibility for mentally retarded, people with multiple disabilities, cerebral palsy patients, autism cases of more than 6 years of age.
The Cabinet approved the creation of four posts of technical level for the establishment of a strong IT cell for Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission.
The Cabinet decided to amend the provisions related to the Commercial Tax Department for the implementation of the Tourism Policy 2016. For promoting tourism in the state and investing in tourism sector, maximum number of private investors are being encouraged to set up tourism projects. World-class facilities will be provided to attract foreign tourists in the state and provide them with excellent services. With this purpose conditions in bar licenses have been rationalized. This will increase the revenue in tourism with facilities.
Indira Grah Jyoti Yojana
According to the manifesto, Indira Grah Jyoti Yojana will be started in the state for domestic power consumers. The current Saral Bijlee Scheme will be integrated in it. Under the scheme, bill of maximum Rs. 100 will be given to consumers against consumption of upto 100 units. Difference amount will be given by the state government in the form of subsidy to the Power Distribution Companies. Beneficiaries will be given bills according to the fixed rate in tariff for just excess units on consumption of more than 100 units. The benefit of Indira Grah Jyoti Yojana will be given to the domestic power consumers of below poverty line belonging to scheduled case and scheduled tribe and exemption from the current energy and fuel cess will continue. This scheme will come into force from the billing cycle of March.
Indira Kisan Jyoti Yojana
According to the manifesto, Indira Kisan Jyoti Yojana will be implemented in the state in connection to reduce the electricity bills to half for agriculture consumers of upto 10 h.p. The scheme will be implemented from April 2019. Under the scheme, electricity will be supplied for more than 10 h.p. permanent agriculture pump connections on the flat rate being charged currently at the rate of Rs. 1400 per h.p. per annum and Rs. 700 per H.P. per annum for permanent agriculture pump connections upto 10 H.P. Difference amount will be paid by the state government in the form of subsidy to the Power distribution companies. Under the scheme, while giving rebate of 50 percent in the rate of energy cess payable at present for meter based permanent and temporary agriculture pump consumers of upto 10 H.P., the difference amount will be paid by the state government in the form of additional subsidy to the power distribution companies.
In the cabinet meeting, a decision has been taken to give state government’s guarantee towards medium/small term loan of Rs. 2900 crore ( Rs. 1200 crore each of Poorva and Madhya Kshetra and Rs. 500 crore of Pashchim Kshetra Loan)obtained by all the three companies from the Finance Corporation. For this guarantee, all the three companies will pay guarantee charge at the rate of 0.5 percent per annum to the state government.