100% irrigation grants for scheduled castes and tribes, and farmers living below poverty level

Bhopal, May 9: Madhya Pradesh Cabinet today approved 100 per cent grants to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and farmers living below poverty line (BPL), for minor irrigation works under `jalabhishek’ scheme, besides deciding to waive electricity duty on power plants for initial five years.
The cabinet, in a meeting, decided to extend 100 per cent grant to SC/ST and BPL farmers for construction of ponds under the `jalabhishek’ abhiyan, official sources said.
Farmers falling under rest of the categories will receive government grant to the tune of 50 per cent of total cost of the pond, they said, adding state ministers will remain in constant touch with districts under their charge and monitor progress of the campaign that aims to costruct one lakh ponds in agriculture fields across the state.
The cabinet also approved waiver of electricity duty on captive power plants for five years from 180 days of its trial production or achieving full capacity, whichever is earliest.
Generator capacity of the captive power projects must be recorded by officials of state electricity board or the power inspectors, sources said.
An approval was also granted by cabinet to prevent storage or sale of minerals outside the mining region, without approval of authorities concerned, by invoking provisions under Madhya Pradesh Minerals (prevention of illegal mining, transportation and storage) rule, 2006.
Among other decisions, cabinet also formed a committee headed by Transport Minister Himmat Kothari to review provisions of MP Public Service (Promotions) Rule 2002, sources said.

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