With Lok Sabha polls in mind, the Akhilesh Yadav government Tuesday announced a slew of measures to woo the voters including raising the annual income limit for “creamy layer” to Rs 8 lakh, a monthly pension scheme for 40 lakh poor families and regularising 1.70 lakh siksha mitras (ad hoc teachers) as teachers.
Giving details of the decisions taken during a Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Akhilesh Yadav, chief secretary Javed Usmani said nearly 40 lakh families would be covered under the “Samajwadi Pension Yojana”. The scheme will ensure a monthly pension of Rs 500 to each family.
The Cabinet also cleared proposal to extend the limit of OBC creamy layer from Rs 5 lakh per annum to Rs 8 lakh per annum. This means that now OBCs with annual income upto Rs 8 lakh can avail benefit of reservation in the state.
As promised by the SP in Assembly polls, 1.7 lakh shiksha mitras would be absorbed in the regular workforce, Usmani said.
The Cabinet also cleared Excise Policy for next financial years 2014-15 and 2015-16. While the government claimed that it is a new policy as licence fee and processing fee have been increased, it also decided to continue with the system of renewal of old licence. The move would benefit slain liquor baron Ponty Chadha’s group.