Government notifies draft rules for land pooling scheme
The Tamil Nadu government has recently introduced draft rules for land pooling scheme.
- On average, the size of each parcel of land so pooled will be in the range of 100 to 400 acres.
- As much as 40% of land developed will be returned to owners, a feature not available in other States where it is being implemented. Unlike in Tamil Nadu, others have not prescribed a quantum of developed land to be given back to owners.
- 15% of the remaining portion will be sold through auction after earmarking a certain part for roads, parks, playgrounds, garden, open space reservation and housing for economically weaker sections.
- Each scheme will have to get the approval of the State government. Ordinarily, the process of approval should not exceed two years.
About Land Pooling Scheme –
- Under the land pooling mechanism, a group of land-owners pool their land and hand it over to government agency for the development of infrastructure projects.
- After the development of land, the agency redistributes the land after deducting some portion as compensation towards infrastructure costs.
- Generally, people who part with their land parcels get 60-70% of their holdings back after the infrastructure is developed on it.
- This is done to develop potential infrastructure to reduce the load on the existing congested and saturated areas.
- This method already has been used in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Case Study – Land Pooling Policy of Delhi –
- The private sector will play an active role in assembling land and developing physical and social infrastructure.
- Under the Land Pooling Policy, 60% of pooled land would be returned to landowners after infrastructure development, if the pooled land is 20 hectares and above and 48% if the land pooled, is between 2 and 20 hectares.
- Of the 60% of returned land, 53% will be for residential purpose, 5% for city-level commercial use and 2% for Public and Semi-public use.
24th meeting of East-Zonal Council
Union Minister for Home Affairs chaired the 24th meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council at Bhubhaneswar (Odisha).
About Zonal Councils –
- These are the statutory bodies established under the States Reorganisation Act 1956 and not constitutional bodies. They are only deliberative and advisory bodies.
- The councils aimed to promote interstate cooperation and coordination.
There are 5 five Zonal councils namely:
- The Northern Zonal Council, headquarter (HQ) at New Delhi.
- The Central Zonal Council, HQ at Allahabad
- The Eastern Zonal Council, HQ at Kolkata.
- The Western Zonal Council, HQ at Mumbai.
- The Southern Zonal Council, HQ at Chennai
Note – The North Eastern States are not included in the Zonal Councils and their special problems are looked after by the North Eastern Council, set up under the North Eastern Council Act, 1972, with HQ at Shillong.
- Chairman – The Union Home Minister is the Chairman of each of these Councils.
- Vice Chairman – The Chief Ministers of the States included in each zone act as Vice-Chairman of the Zonal Council for that zone by rotation, each holding office for a period of one year at a time.
- Members – Chief Minister and two other Ministers as nominated by the Governor from each of the States and two members from Union Territories included in the zone.
SPICe+ web form
As part of Government of India’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) initiatives, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has notified a new Web Form christened ‘SPICe+’ replacing the existing SPICe form.
- SPICe+ would offer 10 services by 3 Central Government Ministries & Departments (Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Labour & Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance) and one State Government (Maharashtra).
- It aims to save as many procedures, time and cost for starting a business in India and would be applicable for all new company incorporations.
- The new web form would facilitate On-screen filing and real time data validation for seamless incorporation of companies
- Registration for EPFO and ESIC shall be mandatory for all new companies to be incorporated through SPICe+
- Registration for Profession Tax shall also be mandatory for all new companies to be incorporated in the State of Maharashtra through SPICe+.
MIEWS Portal launched
Union Ministry of Food Processing has launched Market Intelligence and Early Warning System (MIEWS) Portal for Monitoring prices of Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP) crops.
What is MIEWS Portal?
- MIEWS portal would help in planning and timely intervention for price stabilisation and generating alerts.
- MIEWS Portal is a ‘first-of-its-kind’ platform for ‘real time monitoring’ of prices of (TOP) and for simultaneously generating alerts for intervention under the terms of the Operation Greens (OG) scheme.
- The portal would disseminate all relevant information related to TOP crops such as Prices and Arrivals, Area, Yield and Production, Imports and Exports, Crop Calendars, Crop Agronomy, etc. in an easy to use visual format.
- There would be a dashboard that would indicate low price and high price alerts as well as price forecasts for 3 month forward
- Prices and arrivals of TOP crops across the country including interactive charts and comparisons with previous seasons.
- Crop Agronomy and Trade Profile of each of the TOP crops
- This portal is a novel initiative of MoFPI leveraging IT tools and furthering the goals of Digital India.
About Operation Greens –
- It is a price fixation scheme that aims to ensure farmers are given the right price for their produce.
- It aims to promote Farmer Producers Organisations (FPO), Agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management of agri-produce.
- It focuses on organised marketing of Tomatoes, Onions and Potatoes (TOP vegetables) by connecting farmers with consumers.
- State Agriculture and other Marketing Federations, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO), cooperatives, companies, Self-help groups, food processors etc. can avail the financial assistance under it.