Haryana Cabinet approves amendment in Haryana Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 2016

Child Care Leave (CCL) for single male government servant

CCL for children less than 18 years, age-limit not applicable for Divyang children

Chandigarh, June 27 – Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today approved the amendment in Haryana Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 2016 under which Child Care Leave of two years will be permissible to single male government servant. These rules may be called as the Haryana Civil Services (Leave) First Amendment Rules, 2022.

Now, a single male government employee meaning thereby - an unmarried, widower or divorcee - and a female government employee can avail Child Care Leave for a maximum period of two years (i.e. 730 days) during the entire service for taking care of her/his two eldest surviving children upto the age of 18 years under the Haryana Civil Services (leave) First Amendment Rules, 2022.

Besides this, the condition of Child Care Leave for children less than 18 years shall not be applicable to Divyang Children, if impairment is more than 40 per cent as per the impairment certificate issued by the competent medical authority and if Divyang Child is completely dependent on the female Government employee or single male Government employee as the case maybe.

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CABINET Approved taking over of the control of Shree Mata Bhimeshwari Devi Mandir (Ashram), Beri, Jhajjar by the Government.

Chandigarh, June 27 – Haryana Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today approved taking over of the control of Shree Mata Bhimeshwari Devi Mandir (Ashram), Beri, Jhajjar by the Government.

The Cabinet also approved the Haryana Mata Bhimeshwari Devi Mandir (Ashram) Beri Shrine Act, 2022 for the better management, administration and governance of Mata Bhimeshwari Devi Mandir (Ashram), Beri and its endowments including the lands and buildings attached to the Shrine.

At present the management of Shree Mata Bhimeshwari Devi (Ashram) Beri is in the hands of a Mahant Family.

Thus, keeping in view of the difficulties experienced by the pilgrims and devotees, and lack of amenities/facilities at the Shree Mata Bhimeshwari Devi Mandir (Ashram) Beri, the Act was approved by the Cabinet.

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Cabinet accords approval for providing State Government Guarantee of Rs. 700 crore for UHBVNL loans

UHBVNL to utilize the said funds to meet Capital expenditure and power purchase payments

Chandigarh, June 27 - Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today accorded Ex-post Facto approval to a proposal for providing State Government Guarantee of Rs. 700 crore in favour of Central Bank of India, Sector-10, Panchkula against the sanctioned loan to Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd. (UHBVNL) for meeting the Capital expenditure and power purchase payments.

The Nigam manages its day-to-day operations by using fund-based and non-fund-based working capital limits sanctioned by various banks. Due to the increase in power purchase payments, to meet the capital expenditure requirement and providing of Letter of Credit in favour of power suppliers as per Ministry of Power guidelines, UHBVNL requires fresh working capital loans and Capex loans.

To meet the fund-based requirement, UHBVNL had requested various banks to sanction the Capex loan of Rs. 500 crore and a working capital loan of Rs. 200 crore. The Central Bank of India, Sector-10, Panchkula has considered the Nigams request and sanctioned a Capex Loan of Rs. 500 crore.

With working capital loan, UHBVNL will be able to discharge the power purchase liabilities in time and with a Capex loan, UHBVNL will incur the capital expenditure without any financial hardship. As per the sanction letter of the bank, UHBVNL has to provide the State Government Guarantee for their borrowings. Capital loan taken as on March 31, 2022 is Rs. 1988 crore.

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CABINET Approved the extension of revised rates of various fees and charges for grant of license and CLU permissions in Panchkula District to bring them at par with fees and charges in Mohali in Punjab till further orders.

Chandigarh, June 27 – To boost Panchkula’s economic development, Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today approved the extension of revised rates of various fees and charges for grant of license and CLU permissions in Panchkula District to bring them at par with fees and charges in Mohali in Punjab till further orders.

The Chief Minister had earlier issued directions to the Departments concerned to expedite the projects relating to development of Panchkula. Therefore, anticipating the accelerated development of Panchkula district after implementation of the proposals of development plan and to create enabling environment for new investment from the real estate sector, the Government took a decision on March 11, 2022 to revise the rates.

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CABINET Approved the policy for provisioning of essential services and civic amenities in infrastructure deficient areas outside municipal area in the State of Haryana and regularization of unauthorized colonies.

Chandigarh, June 27 – Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today approved the policy for provisioning of essential services and civic amenities in infrastructure deficient areas outside municipal area in the State of Haryana and regularization of unauthorized colonies.

This policy will be applicable in the area falling outside municipal limits. Approximately 2,000 unauthorized colonies will be benefited under this policy. The Haryana Rural Development Authority will be the Nodal Agency for providing civic amenities in these colonies. Applications will be invited from the Developers/RWAS of the unauthorized colonies within a period of 6 months from notification of the Policy, which will be scrutinized by a Local Committee headed by Deputy Commissioner. Colonies will be regularized and civic amenities will be provided after obtaining development charges @ 5% for the built up area and @ 10% for open areas. The provision of community sites, parks, open spaces and public utility will have to be made by the developers where the colony is developed less than 50%. This policy will help in improving the standard of living of the residents of unauthorized colonies.

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Cabinet approves Substitution of subject matters of the Planning Department in the Business of the Haryana Government (Allocation) Rules, 1974

Department of Economic and Statistical Analysis renamed as Department of Economic and Statistical Affairs, Haryana

Chandigarh, June 27 - Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today accorded approval to a proposal regarding Substitution of subject matters of the Planning Department in the Business of the Haryana Government (Allocation) Rules, 1974 and Change in Nomenclature of the Department at Directorate level. These rules may be called the Business of the Haryana Government (Allocation) Amendment Rules, 2022.

The nomenclature of the Department at Directorate level is changed from Department of Economic and Statistical Analysis, Haryana to Department of Economic and Statistical Affairs, Haryana.

As per the amended rules, the subject matters of the Planning Department in the Business of the Haryana Government (Allocation) Rules, 1974, will be giving advice to Government on Economic/Statistical matters, Preparation of schematic allocation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes and State Welfare and Development schemes, Monitoring and Evaluation, Implementation of The Chit Funds Act, 1982 and Haryana Chit Fund Rules, 2018 in the State, Establishment matters relating to officers and staff under the administrative control of the Department except matters allotted to the General Administration Department, all matters relating to the Haryana Institute for Fiscal Management and works relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Coordination Center and State Planning Board.

Functions of State Government have increased tremendously with the passage of time. The concept of a State has changed from that of simply maintaining law and order to that of welfare State. The erstwhile Planning Commission which was primarily responsible for deciding on Plan spending of the Centre and allocation to State Governments had been revamped and rechristened as the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog by the Government of India. In the State also, the classification of Budget into Plan and Non-Plan has been discontinued from the financial year 2017-18.

The Statistical activities at the Centre level are undertaken by the National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI). At State level, the Planning and Economics/Statistics activities are undertaken by the Department of Economic and Statistical Analysis (DESA). An institute namely, Swarna Jayanti Haryana Institute for Fiscal Management has also been established under Planning Department.

Accordingly, in view of the significant change in the mandate of the department cabinet has approved the said proposals.

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CABINETaccorded approval for change of procedure for sanctioning of new pension cases under Old Age Samman Allowance Scheme at their door-step without any hassle.

Chandigarh, June 27 - Giving a big sigh of relief to the senior citizens who have to make frequent visits to CSE/ Antyodaya Kendra or any Government office for Old Age Samman Allowance, Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today accorded approval for change of procedure for sanctioning of new pension cases under Old Age Samman Allowance Scheme at their door-step without any hassle.

Under the new procedure, an eligible person shall be required to have a Parivar Pehchan Number for determining his eligibility under the Old Age Samman Allowance Scheme.

The Haryana Parivar Pehchan Authority shall provide in an electronic form through a secured data transfer process, the list of persons who as per data maintained by the Haryana Parivar Pehchan Authority are eligible for Old Age Samman Allowance under the Scheme of this Department along with their details. The persons included in the list will be of the age of 60 years or above whose income and that of the spouse together is not more than Rs. 2 lacs per annum and who is resident of Haryana for atleast last 15 years.

The details as provided by the Haryana Parivar Pehchan Authority particularly the age of the person, his/her income status, residence proof and bank account details will not require any further verification by the Social Justice & Empowerment Department, Haryana. However, if any specific fact otherwise comes to the knowledge of the Department regarding correctness of the information/verification, the same will be forwarded by the Social Justice & Empowerment Department to the Haryana Parivar Pehchan Authority for further enquiry.

After determining the eligibility of the persons under the scheme, the intended beneficiaries will be contacted by the office of the concerned District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO) or any other authorized Government representative for obtaining his/her consent for availing the Old Age Samman Allowance. DSWO will ensure that the person is not drawing any other pension as per the guidelines of the scheme. After receipt of the intended beneficiaries' consent and enquiry as mentioned above, the concerned DSWO will sanction the Old Age Samman Allowance in the beneficiaries' favour online on the portal of the Social Justice & Empowerment Department and Unique Pension Identification Number will be generated and provided to the beneficiary.

In this way, the senior citizens would not be required to visit CSE/ Antyodaya Kendra or any Government office and the senior citizens eligible for Old Age Samman Allowance will get the allowance approved at their door-step without any hassle. The new procedure mentioned above has been started on pilot basis on March 31, 2022 and the old procedure to apply for Old Age Samman Allowance through Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP) Portal has been stopped with effect from April 25, 2022. However, the applications pending on PPP portal as on April 25, 2022, when the old procedure has been stopped, will be dealt as per the procedure which existed earlier.

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Haryana Cabinet approves the Haryana State Startup Policy 2022 to provide impetus to the Startup Ecosystem in the State

At least 5000 new startups would be established in Haryana over the next 5 years, providing direct and indirect employment to 75000 persons

At least 14 Unicorn Startups (with at least USD 1 Billion valuation) out of 101 Unicorn Startups of India are based out of Haryana

At present, 3910 Haryana-based Startups are operational

Chandigarh, June 27- Haryana Government has followed a proactive approach to facilitate ease of doing business for startups in Haryana. State has carried out extensive policy interventions to position Haryana as a pre-eminent investment destination. At least 14 Unicorn Startups (with at least USD 1 Billion valuation) out of 101 Unicorn Startups of India are based out of Haryana. Government of Haryana is keen to harness the potential of such young entrepreneurs by providing them with a strong policy ecosystem, robust infrastructure, and liberalized regulatory norms.

The State Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal, here today has approved a new Haryana State Startup Policy 2022 formulated by the Department of Information Technology, Electronics and Communication, Haryana.

Through this Policy, State Government aims to boost and nurture the vibrant startup ecosystem in Haryana to stimulate independent thinking and innovative ideas and help budding Startups at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey.

Now any startup entity recognized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Government of India, up to a period of 10 years from the date of its incorporation/ registration and with an annual turnover not exceeding Rupees 100 Crores and being based out in Haryana will make it eligible for availing major fiscal and non-fiscal benefits under the new policy.

In addition, other Startups recognized by the DPIIT having their registered office anywhere in the country / even outside Haryana and till the time they are working through Government owned / Supported Incubators operational in Haryana will also be eligible to avail only non-fiscal benefits under the new policy. These benefits include subsidized Incubation Space, liberalized criteria for participation in Haryana Government Tenders, participation in mentorship events, and other startup specific programs. This part of the policy will incentivize such startups to ultimately migrate to Haryana to take full benefits under the policy.

Presently, 3910 Haryana-based Startups as of June 15, 2022 stand recognized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. A Startup Haryana Cell is being established in the Department of Information Technology, Electronics and Communication to oversee the implementation and other institutional activities of this revised policy.

It is expected that at least 5000 new startups would be established in Haryana over the next 05 years (within policy period) providing direct & indirect employment to 75000 persons

A few of the key Incentives/ Benefits under the new startup policy are as follows:

Fiscal Incentives to Startups:

i) Net SGST Reimbursement: 50% Net SGST Reimbursement for 7 years.

ii) Lease rental subsidy: Reimbursement of lease rental subsidy for Startups up to Rs. 5 Lakh.

iii) Seed Funding for Startups: Seed Grant up to Rs 10 Lakh per Startup for 100 startups in ‘A’ category blocks, 250 Startups in ‘B’ category blocks, 750 Startups in ‘C’ category blocks, and 1000 Startups in ‘D’ category blocks.

iv) Patent Cost: Financial support to Startups by reimbursement of 100% of the actual expenses with a maximum of Rs. 25 Lakh for domestic and international patent registrations.

v) Reimbursement for Cloud Storage: 75% reimbursement of expenses incurred for cloud computing/ storage on Haryana based Data Centres up to Rs. 2.5 Lakh per Startup per annum for a period of 5 years.

vi) Assistance in Acceleration Programs: Support Startups up to Rs. 2.5 Lakh to attend national acceleration programs and Rs. 5 Lakh for international acceleration programs.

· Fiscal Incentives to Incubators:

i) Capital Subsidy: Capital Grant of up to Rs. 2 Crore to Government Host Institutes and up to Rs. 1 Crore to Private Host Institutes for setting up of Incubators.

ii) Mentoring Assistance: Financial support of up to Rs. 2.5 Lakh per incubator for mentoring assistance will be given to Government owned/ supported/ sponsored incubators up to a maximum of Rs. 25 Lakh per annum.

iii) Reimbursement on Rental Charge: 50% reimbursement of Lease rent paid by Incubators for operations on a rent basis for period of 3 years, up to a maximum of Rs. 5 Lakh per annum.

iv) Stamp Duty & Registration Reimbursement: 100% reimbursement of Stamp duty and registration fees on purchase/ lease of land/ Office space/ IT Building.

v) Assistance for participating in Fair/ Exhibition: Industry Associations/ Incubators/ Government Departments leading a delegation of Startups to National and International Fair/ Exhibition or for organizing such fair/exhibition/seminars shall be provided financial assistance on actual basis subject to maximum Rs. 50 Lakh.

vi) Startup Competition Assistance: Incubators established in eligible Institutes of National Importance, will get assistance up to the limit of Rs. 20 Lakh per event for organizing Startup competition fest.

vii) Electricity Duty Exemption: Incubators will be eligible for 100 % exemption for 12 years in ‘D’ category blocks, 10 years in ‘C’ category blocks, and 7 years in ‘B’ category blocks.

The State Government has also added several new Incentives in the new Haryana State Startup Policy 2022 to provide additional benefits to the Startup Ecosystem Stakeholders, some of which include:

i) New Startups warehouse / Innovation campus: Financial support of Rs. 4 crore for capital expenditure for creating IT Startups warehouse and Rs. 1 crore yearly for 3 years of recurring expenditure support at Panchkula, Hissar and other potential locations.

ii) New Mobile Application Development Centre: Financial support of Rs. 4 Crore for capital expenditure for creating Mobile Apps Development Centre and yearly support of Rs. 1 Crore for three years at Panchkula, Hissar & other potential locations in Block ‘C’ and ‘D’.

iii) Incubation Centres in Government Universities and other Government institutions:

A financial assistance for creating Incubation Centres to the extent of Rs. 50 Lakh per Incubator and Rs. 20 Lakh yearly for recurring expenditure for 5 years.

A financial assistance of up to Rs. 10 Lakh per incubator for existing incubators in Universities and other Government Institutions for upgrading their facilities.

  • Earlier, the Startups were eligible to receive benefits at an incubation center for a period of one year only. In the new policy, such Startups can avail benefits like Space, Plug and play facilities at subsidized rates etc. for three years.
  • The new policy now further facilitates the Startups by allowing the filing of self-certification reports under 14 different laws instead of 8 different laws earlier. This would enhance the ease of doing business for these Startups and reduce regulatory cholestrol / burden.

The State Government will also organize specific Entrepreneurship Development Programs across 22 districts of Haryana every six months for sensitization and awareness among the aspiring innovators/ entrepreneurs and School/College Students about their growth opportunities and potential in the Startup Ecosystem under the new policy.

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Haryana Cabinet approves the Haryana State Data Centre Policy 2022 to provide impetus to the Development and Growth of the Data Centre Industry in the State

Investments of Rs. 7500 Crores would be expected

This policy aims to create conducive business environment and facilitate establishment of 115-120 new Data Centres in Haryana

Through this policy, State Government invites Data Centre Players from all over the world to come and invest in Haryana and make it a Global Data Centre Hub

Chandigarh, June 27- Haryana Government has launched a Data Centre Policy with a view to make Haryana a preferred destination for the location of the Data Centre Industry and establish Haryana as a global Data Centre Hub. The State Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today accorded approval for the same.

Haryana’s strong IT Ecosystem, thriving demand base, good availability of power and Locational advantage in North India make it uniquely equipped to be at the forefront of the Development of the Data Centre industry.

Through this industry-friendly Policy, the State Government aims to create conducive business environment and facilitate establishment of 115-120 new Data Centres in Haryana. It is expected that investments of Rs. 7500 Crores would be made to establish these Data Centres.

Any Data Centre set up in Haryana with 01 MW & above of power consumption will be eligible for availing various benefits under the new policy.

Key benefits of this policy:

SGST Reimbursement: 50% Net SGST reimbursement for a period of 10 years in ‘A’ & ‘B’ category blocks and 75% Net SGST reimbursement for a period of 10 years in ‘C’ and ‘D’ category blocks.

Power Bill Reimbursement: Reimbursement of the Power Bill for the energy consumed from the DISCOMs of Haryana up to 25% of Net SGST for a period of 3 years.

Stamp Duty Reimbursement: 100% Reimbursement of Stamp Duty paid on sale/lease deeds to establish a data center.

Electricity Duty Exemption: 100% exemption from electricity duty shall be permitted for a period of 20 years.

Employment Generation Subsidy: Data Centers shall be eligible for an employment generation subsidy of Rs. 48,000 per year for a period of 10 years.

Property Tax: Property Tax for Data Centers operational in the State shall be at par with the industrial rates.

Haryana Building Code: Government of Haryana will include Data Center related infrastructure as a separate entity under the Haryana Building Code providing relaxed FAR and Building Design and construction Norms. Ground coverage for construction would be allowed @60% of the plot area; FAR would be up to 5, requirement of windows and parking area would be only as per the actual needs; power generators/DG sets would be allowed to Stack up to G+4 levels; rooftop Chillers would be allowed and boundary wall of 3.6 meters height with additional one meter Y fencing would also be allowed.

Infrastructure Industry: Government of Haryana will be declaring Data Centers as a separate Infrastructure Industry.

Energy Intensive Industry: Government of Haryana will also be declaring Data Centers as an Energy Intensive Industry.

Utilities – Water- State Government shall endeavor to provide 24 X 7 water supply to Data Centers.

Pre - Commencement Approvals - All approvals related to the construction of the Data Center like Building Plan approval, Temporary Power Connection, Fire Fighting Scheme, Consent to establish etc shall be given to the Data Centers within 10 working days of acceptance of the application.

Commencement Approvals - Approvals required for actual commencement of business like - Permanent Power Connection, Occupation Certificate, and Consent to operate shall be given to the Data Centers within 15 working days of acceptance of the application.

Essential Services: Government of Haryana will be declaring Data Centers, as an essential service under Haryana Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1974.

Fiber Connectivity – Right of Way: Right of way (RoW) will be provided as per the guidelines under the State Communication & Connectivity Infrastructure Policy and the applications for permission of Right of Way for Data Centers shall be processed online in a time-bound manner.

To ensure seamless investment processes, a Single Window System is fully operational in the state, wherein any investor or enterprise can obtain all State-related clearances through an online portal in a time-bound manner.

With this new investor-friendly Haryana State Data Centre Policy in place, the State Government invites Data Centre Players from all over the world to come and invest in Haryana and make it a Global Data Centre Hub.

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Haryana Wood Based Industries (Establishment and Regulation) Rules, 2022 amended

Cabinet nods approval for the same

As per the amendment the word 'three kilometer’ has been substituted with 'five hundred meter' as in original proposal

Chandigarh, June 27 – With a view to ensure continuity of license or registration to existing wood-based industries located within three kilometers and to afford more opportunities for growth of wood-based industries and for reason that, the establishment of wood-based industries at a distance closer than three kilometer does not pose threat to the protection of forests, Haryana has amended the Rule-6 (2) of Haryana Wood Based Industries (Establishment and Regulation) Rules, 2022 by substituting the word 'three kilometer' with 'five hundred meter' as in original proposal.

State Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chie Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today accorded approval to a proposal regarding the Amendment of Haryana Wood Based Industries (Establishment and Regulation) Rules, 2022. These rules may be called the Haryana Wood Based Industries (Establishment and Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2022.

The wood-based industries in Haryana primarily utilize wood from agro-forestry sources and imported wood. Wood from forests is harvested by the Haryana Forest Development Corporation in accordance with prescriptions of working plans approved by the Central Government. No private person is permitted to harvest wood from forest. The wood harvested by the Haryana Forest Development Corporation is auctioned through their sale depots. Thus, the forests in the State are well protected.

Earlier, it was decided that No license or registration will be granted to the industry situated within five hundred meters of aerial distance from boundary of nearest forests or protected areas, excluding roadside or railway side/canal side strip Protected Forest.

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Cabinet Approves Haryana Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2022

Chandigarh, June 27 – Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today accorded approval to the Haryana Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2022. The year 2022 will be declared as “Year of the Electric Vehicles” in Haryana.

The EV Policy aims to protect the environment, reduce carbon footprint, make Haryana an EV manufacturing hub, ensure skill development in EV field, encourage uptake of EV vehicles, provide EV charging infrastructure and encourage R&D in EV technology.

The policy encourages new manufacturing in EV technology and also encourages existing automobile manufacturers to diversify in EV manufacturing domain. The policy offers various financial incentives to EV manufacturers by giving incentives on Fixed Capital Investment (FCI), Net SGST, Stamp Duty, Employment Generation, etc.There is100% reimbursement of Stamp duty along with exemption in Electricity Duty for a period of 20 years. The SGST reimbursement shall be 50% of the applicable Net SGST for a period of 10 years. Companies manufacturing electric vehicles, components of electric vehicle, EV battery, charging infrastructure etc. shall be incentivized with capital subsidy. Mega industry shall get capital subsidy at 20% of FCI or INR 20 Crore whichever is lower; large industry will get subsidy of 10% of FCI upto INR 10 crores, for Medium Industry 20% of FCI upto INR 50 lakh, for Small Industry 20% of FCI upto INR 40 lakh and for Micro Industry 25% of FCI upto INR 15 lakh. Under this policy units setting up batteries disposal units will get 15% of FCI upto INR 1.00 crore. The policy provides one time support to facilitate conversion of existing manufacturers units completely into EV manufacturing of 25% of book value upto INR 2 Crore for Micro, Small, Medium and Large units.

The cost of an electric vehicle is comparatively higher than conventional-fuel-based vehicles which is a major deterrent to buyers in switching to EV. The policy offers incentives to buyers that would reduce the effective upfront cost and motivate individuals to take up electric vehicles as their primary mode for transportation. The policy will provide early bird direct benefit transfer upto INR 10 lakh on purchase of Electric Vehicles or Hybrid electric Vehicles in the state. Buyers will also be eligible for relaxation in registration fee and discount on Motor Vehicle Tax.

The policy encourages R&D in Educational or research institutes if they setup R&D centers. The policy will promote Research & Development in the field of EVs by granting 50% of project cost up to INR 1 crore for developing new electric charging technology and upto INR 5 crore for developing new electric vehicle technology. Institutes conducting dedicated research on non-fossil-fuel based mobility solution will be provided with INR 5 crore grant. One time subsidy of INR 25 Lakh shall be extended to first 20 colleges/ITIs / polytechnics for setting up infrastructure related to R&D of EV.

Govt. organizations/ PSU/ private companies shall be encouraged to set up Centre of Excellences (CoE) that shall be incentivized with a 50% grant of project cost up to INR 5 crore.

The policy provides for Employment generation subsidy of INR 48,000 per employee per annum for 10 Years in lieu of Haryana domiciled manpower being employed with EV companies.

Efforts shall be made to convert 100% of bus fleet owned by Haryana State Transport Undertakings into electric buses or Fuel Cell Vehicles or other non- fossil-fuel-based technologies by 2030.

The cities of Gurugram & Faridabad will be declared as model Electric Mobility (EM) cities with phase-wise goals to adopt Electric Vehicles (EVs), charging infrastructure to achieve 100% e-mobility.

In addition to this, the Department of Town and Country Planning (TCP) shall mandatorily include the provisions for charging of electric vehicles in places such as Group Residential buildings, commercial buildings, institutional buildings, Malls, Metro Station etc., for enabling the overall ecosystem for uptake of Electric Vehicles.

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CABINETaccorded approval regarding signing Supplementary Power Purchase agreement with Adani Power Ltd.

Chandigarh, June 27- Haryana Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today accorded approval regarding signing Supplementary Power Purchase agreement with Adani Power Ltd.

The Haryana DISCOMS had entered into two Power Purchase Agreements (PPA or PPAs) each for 712 MW with Adani Power Limited, both dated August 7, 2008 at a levelised tariff of Rs. 2.94 per unit for 25 years, for procurement of contracted capacity of 1424 MW in aggregate from the generating Units No. 7, 8 and 9 of the Power Project at Mundra in the State of Gujarat on the terms and conditions contained in the said PPA. Unit 7 of the Project was commissioned on August 7, 2012 and Units 8 & 9 were commissioned on February 7, 2013.

The APL had stopped supply of power since September 2021 on the ground of it suffering losses in view of higher operational cost due to increased rate of imported coal. It sought a renegotiation of the PPA and related issues, especially seeking complete pass through of imported coal costs.

Keeping in view of the various options available to it and to ensure availability of power at the most reasonable cost, the Haryana DISCOMs negotiated and came to an understanding on the following points and sought Cabinet approval in this regard.

1) To surrender imported coal based capacity of 224 MW and to retain a total capacity of 1200 MW at Haryana periphery to be generated with domestic coal only. The rest will be imported coal based, which if scheduled, will be paid with pass through of imported coal cost and other related costs.

2) To withdraw and settle all pending litigations before various forums and courts. The council of Ministers approved in principle the aforesaid proposal and draft supplementary PPA with APL, subject to concurrence on the same by the Advocate General, Haryana and consequent outstanding payments to APL.