After amendment of Building by-laws by The state cabinet on Friday, now installation of rainwater harvesting structures is mandatory in all new buildings. The cabinet also approved a proposed amendment in the by-laws which will now enable construction of high rise buildings in plots which measure less than 1,000 square meters (10,000 square feet).
The 11-member ministerial council also approved a proposal whereby employees of the state government can avail post-retirement and death benefits of the new National Pension Scheme in retrospective effective from December 1, 2004. Earlier, the scheme’s benefits were for those who retired after July 8, 2019.
The cabinet also approved allocation of Rs 28.81 crore for Saubhagya Yojana, which aims to illuminate 213 villages in remote parts of the state through solar panels. “As many as 7,776 families live in these hamlets,” cabinet secretary Ajoy Kumar Singh told reporters.
In another decision, the cabinet approved the appointment of Kolkata-based National Council of Science Museums (NSCM) for drafting a detailed project report for developing the Regional Science Centre in Ranchi’s Chiraundi into a Science City. NCSM will be paid Rs 29.5 lakh for preparing the DPR.
The cabinet also approved a proposal to revise the cost of Swarnarekha Multi Purpose Project to Rs 12,849 crore. The project cost was last revised to Rs 6,613 crore in October 2010.
The Hemant Soren cabinet also amended the regulations pertaining to salary and other emoluments of cabinet ministers, enabling them to seek approval from the state health council for availing health treatment at private facilities in Jharkhand and outside the state.