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Better rural land price

Patna, March 4: The cabinet today gave its nod to determine the “multiplier factor” for awarding compensation to landowners of rural areas.

“The cabinet has approved the provision for determining the ‘multiplier factor’ for deciding the compensation amount to be paid to landowners of rural areas in the state. The decision was taken according to the provisions of Section 26 (2) of The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013,” cabinet secretariat department’s principal secretary Brajesh Mehrotra said.

Mehrotra said the landowners could now get four-time compensation of the market value of the land.

Besides, the cabinet also approved compensation of Rs 3 lakh within three months to acid attack survivors, Mehrotra said. A survivor would get Rs 1 lakh in the first 15 days of the incident. The remaining Rs 2 lakh would be paid in next two months.

It also cleared the education department’s proposal to set up a committee headed by a senior official for implementing the reservation policy in the recruitment of university and college teachers, Mehrotra said. It also approved the vacancies to be submitted to the Bihar Public Service Commission for recruitment.

The cabinet has put its seal on the proposal of the home (police) department to appoint the dependents of chowkidars (who help in village policing) if they opt for voluntary retirement before attaining the age of 60, said the home department’s principal secretary, Amir Subhani.

Subhani said there were around 7,500 posts of chowkidars in the state. Of them, 6,000 posts are vacant. The process was on to fill them up, he said.

The cabinet, which took total 54 decisions today, sanctioned a revised estimate of Rs 450.32 crore for the construction of 321 duplexes for MLAs and MPs in the city.

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