Chandigarh, July 20- In order to place the traditional Mehandi Industry of Haryana at par with the neighbouring States, the Government today exempted sale of ‘Green Mehandi leaves and its powder’ from the levy of VAT.

A decision to this effect was taken by the Haryana Cabinet, which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today.

At present, VAT at the rate of five per cent was being levied on traditional ‘Henna’ (Mehandi) in Haryana. No VAT is levied on the sale of traditional Mehandi in the neighbouring States of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Exemption from levy of VAT will enable the traditional Mehandi Industry of the State to compete on level terms with the dealers of the neighbouring states. Faridabad district is the main centre of business of Mehandi in Haryana.

This exemption will cost about Rs 50 lakh to the State exchequer. However, ‘Kali Mehandi’ as well as ‘Herbal Mehandi’ will continue to be taxed at the rate of 12.5 per cent in the State.

The Haryana Cabinet also decided to nominate Urban Local Bodies Department as Nodal Department for the issues related to Urban Transport System.

It was observed that integration of land use and Urban Transport System is pre-requisite for efficient and sustainable urban planning and it can be possible only under the aegis of single Department dealing with both the Urban Transport and land use planning. Also, urban transport business is dealt by Urban Local Bodies Department in many other States. Apart from this, the Union Ministry of Urban Development had also urged the State Government to nominate single Department for dealing with issues related to urban transport.

Haryana Cabinet also approved the proposal to give 50 acres of land of Government Livestock Farm, Hisar to the Municipal Corporation, Hisar to set up Gau Abhayaran and Cattle Pound. The land would be given at a rate of Re one per acre per year for 33 years.

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Chandigarh, July 20- Haryana Government today decided to cover the Guest Teachers working in the State run schools under its Policy for providing compassionate financial assistance to the family of the deceased persons working in Government Departments, Boards, Corporations, Public Undertakings under Haryana Government on ad-hoc, daily wage, contract basis including persons working on contract basis through service providing agency.

A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the State Cabinet, which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today. Therefore, the Cabinet approved the proposal to amend the policy to give a financial assistance of Rs three lakh would be given to family of deceased guest teacher appointed in Government schools.

Haryana Cabinet has decided to amend Haryana State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1974 to include the offices of Government Chief Whip and Leader of Opposition in the Act.

The Cabinet also decided to provide government job to Mr Jitender Kumar, a resident of village Sunped, district Faridabad as an exceptional case in public interest.

It was decided to compensate the family which had lost two children due to unnatural causes in 2015. The qualification of Jitender Kumar is matric. Since the case to provide job to him is not covered under the government policy dated May 30,2014, the Cabinet decided to give him employment on the consideration of the case being of peculiar nature.