One percent cess on petrol and diesel in Madhya Pradesh


Agencies, Bhopal The Madhya Pradesh Government today approved an ordinance for imposing one per cent cess on petrol and diesel. The decision – which would increase the cost of petrol and diesel in the state – was taken at a state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today. Briefing media persons after the cabinet meeting, Public Relations Minsiter Narotam Mishra said that the Madhya Pradesh Motor Spirit Cess Ordinance, 2018, and the Madhya Pradesh High Speed Diesel Cess Ordinance, 2018, have been approved. He said that the amount received from cess on petrol and diesel would be used for road construction and infrastructure development. Since its rules have to be made, it would take about a month to implement it. The cabinet has agreed to spend Rs 335.24 crore for the upgradation of high school and higher secondary schools. Besides, an amount of Rs 100 cr was approved for making furniture available to 6,039 government middle schools. The meeting accorded consent for expenditure of Rs 65.50 cr on the three-year work plan for electricity arrangement to 1,736 high school and higher secondary schools in the state. In-principle approval of Rs 40.31 crore was accorded to develop and operate requisite physical infrastructure and facilities in ‘Schools of Excellence’ at district and block level in 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. The cabinet also approved an award of Rs 50 lakh for the players of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team – who were the runners-up of the ICC World Cup 2017 – and organising a felicitation ceremony in their honour. In order to make available international-level sports training and sports infrastructure to talented sportspersons ahead of 2018 Asian Games and 2020 Olympic Games, an amount of Rs 21 crore was approved from 2017-18 to 2019-20. In accordance to a proposal of the Sports and Youth Welfare Department, a sum of Rs 90 cr was approved for encouragement and training of players from 2017-18 to 2019-20. The cabinet decided to make necessary amendments in the Rule 4-B of the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Rules-1998 for incorporating Sahriya primitive tribe in it. A decision was taken for the formation of a section for disaster management in the Mantralaya and creation of 7 temporary posts in it. The cabinet decided to continue financial assistance provided education of Scheduled Caste girls from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

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