Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Kamal Nath on 6 September, has decided to sanction an amount of Rs 550 crore to the districts for the payment of social security pension. This amount will be withdrawn from the State level destitute fund account as per monthly requirement and social security pension will be paid.
Branded Hotel Promotion Policy-2019
The Cabinet has also approved the Branded Hotel Promotion Policy-2019 to provide continuous grant to attract and encourage the brands for the establishment of hotels, resorts and heritage hotels in the State. The brands have been classified under the category of Brand Hotels, Brand Resorts and Brand Heritage Hotels.
Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to form such a policy for the establishment of brand hotels. It is estimated that under this policy, at least a thousand luxury and world-class new rooms will be set up in the branded hotels in the next 5 years. Under the policy, 20 to 30 percent subsidy will be given for 3 years on the annual turnover obtained from the rent of hotel rooms on the establishment of new branded hotels with an investment of minimum Rs 100 crore or more. The maximum limit of grant will be Rs 3 crore. Moreover, operating subsidy up to Rs 2 crore will be given each year to the branded resorts and branded heritage hotels for a 3 year period. This grant to the brand hotel will be in addition to the capital grant to be received by them under the policy.
In order to fulfill the tourism development goals of the State government, the Cabinet has approved the proposed amendment to the tourism policy-2016 so as to make it efficient, practical, comprehensive and suitable for capital investment.
Amendment in the 2016 policy for the establishment and operation of Way-side Amenities was approved in the Cabinet. Under this, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation will encourage the establishment of road facilitation centres keeping in mind the need of road network and passenger facilities throughout the state. Also, potential sites and ready brown-field road facilitation centres will be popularized to create an environment for investment.
Housing and Habitat Policy
The Cabinet has decided to delete the Clause 5.4 of the Housing and Habitat Policy 2007. In this, there was a provision to keep an area of two hectares of land or plot for land development in the areas of investment. For this reason, due to the requirement of minimum two hectares of land, small plots of land used to remain unutilized. Continued development was also being hampered as the chances for developing illegal colonies increased in such areas.
Resort bar license
The Cabinet has decided to simplify the resort bar license to encourage tourism in the forest areas of the state. In this, in addition to the national parks, the facility of resort bar licenses will also be provided near the forest sanctuary. The resort bar should be located within 20 km range from the boundary of the national parks / sanctuaries. The provision for a minimum of five rooms has been made in place of ten rooms in the resort. It has been decided to reduce the minimum area from 2 hectares to one acre for the resort bar. It has been decided to increase the annual license fee to Rs 50 thousand for five rooms, Rs one lakh for 6 to 10 rooms and Rs 1.5 lakh for resorts with more than 10 rooms for resort bars located in forest areas. In cases of acceptance and renewal of all bar licenses, a report will be taken in place of the prescribed certificate, regarding fire safety arrangements with the joint signature of the District Excise Officer and the concerned resort bar licensee.
The Cabinet has decided to provide bamboo to the farmers / betel leaf cultivator families at a low rate. The post-approval was given after incorporating the order issued by the Forest Department in the Nistar policy of betel leaf cultivator families from March 10, 2019. The revised Nistar policy year-2019 was also approved.
The Cabinet has decided to create additional post in the Director General of Police Grade for the period up to 31 October 2019 as per the Indian Police Service (Cadre) Rules. Simultaneously, it has been decided to continue the tenure of the court manager for the last time, continued on a contractual basis till 31 March 2020 or till the recruitment to the post of regular court manager, whichever is earlier. The Cabinet has also decided to hand over operation and maintenance of Madhyalok Bhawan in Mumbai to Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation.