Uttarakhand govt approves policy to regularize nazul land; boost startup

The Uttarakhand government has taken a decision to regularise 2.41 crore sqm of nazul land (government land given on lease), which would provide ownership rights to those who have been legally or illegally staying on such land. Usually, such land is given on 90-year or 30-year lease. The new policy was approved by the state cabinet at a meeting, chaired by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, in Dehradun on Tuesday.
The other important decisions that were approved by the Cabinet included a new nazul land policy, Uttarakhand Private Security Guards Policy and constitution of a governing body and steering committee for the implementation of World Bank-aided Health System Development project. The Cabinet meeting was chaired by chief minister TS Rawat.

The start-up policy aims at encouraging around 500 new start-ups in the state. A start up council would be set up for the purpose. The council will be chaired by an eminent person. For those coming up with start-ups, the Department of Industry will offer financial incentive such as an honorarium of Rs 10,000 per month. Special incentives will be given to women members belonging to the SC and ST communities during the setting up of the start-up. Concessions will be given in stamp duty and GST.

In order to boost the regularisation of nazul land, the government also announced a new Nazul Land Policy. According to Uttarakhand government, there exists a total of 24197186 sq meter of nazul land, which has been illegally occupied for housing and commercial purposes and owners. Through the policy the government intends to make it free-hold.

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