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Haryana plans knowledge corp for mass IT literacy

The HKCL will be established in joint collaboration with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited as the state has been highly successful in imparting IT skills on a mass scale through MKCL,an official spokesperson said.

In order to create a mass information technology (IT) literacy facilities across the state,the Haryana government Friday decided to constitute Haryana Knowledge Corporation Limited (HKCL). A decision to this effect was taken in a cabinet meeting here chaired by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The HKCL will be established in joint collaboration with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) as the state has been highly successful in imparting IT skills on a mass scale through MKCL,an official spokesperson said.

“The MKCL runs a basket of courses towards mass IT literacy. Its success can be gauged from the fact that it has so far (2002- 2012) imparted training and issued certificates to about eight million persons”,the spokesperson said.

The HKCL is envisaged to be a Public Limited Company,with an authorised capital of Rs 5 crore and a paid-up capital of Rs 2 crore. Except the initial equity support,its operations will be self sustaining.

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The Company’s professional operations such as the Certification of authorised learning centres,recruitment of its professional staff,and evaluation of the learners will be completely independent.

Its courses,including Haryana State – Certificate in Information Technology’ (HS-CIT),will be recognised by the Board of Technical Education Haryana. The HS-CIT will be a recognized qualification regarding computer efficiency for all government appointments and recruitments in groups A,B,and C services.

Among other benefits,the government can use HKCL to manage and run computer labs in its institutes. It will create self employment opportunities for thousands of young entrepreneurs who opt to establish Authorized Learning Centres under the aegis of HKCL.

Two-wheelers,cars to cost more in state

Chandigarh: Get ready to shell out a little more for cars and two-wheelers in Haryana as the state government has decided to hike the road tax. The state cabinet,which met Friday,approved the Transport Department’s proposal to revise the existing rates of road tax for the vehicle used for personal purposes,an official spokesperson said.

For two-wheelers costing up to Rs 20,000,the rate of road tax will remain unchanged,which is two per cent. For two-wheelers costing more than Rs 20,000 and up to Rs 60,000,4 per cent tax would be levied. Similarly,it would be 6 per cent on vehicles costing above Rs 60,000 and up to Rs 2 lakh.

The road tax will be 8 per cent on vehicles having cost of above Rs 2 lakh,an official release said here.

Earlier,4 per cent and 5 per cent tax was levied on vehicle costing Rs 60,000-up to Rs 4 lakh and over Rs 5 lakh respectively. Similarly for four wheelers including cars,owners will have to pay a tax at a rate of 3 per cent for vehicles costing up to Rs 6 lakh. The rate of six per cent will be applicable for cars costing between Rs six lakh and Rs 10 lakh.

For cars costing above Rs 20 lakh,the rate of tax will be nine per cent. The tax shall be levied on ex-showroom price of the vehicle including VAT.

Previously,vehicles costing up to Rs 5 lakh were charged 2 per cent,Rs 5-10 lakh at 4 per cent,Rs 10-20 lakh at 6 per cent while 8 per cent on vehicles costing above Rs 20 lakh.

From the cabinet meet

Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana: Haryana government Friday decided to implement Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana,providing life insurance protection to people living below poverty line,marginally above poverty line and rural landless households. The Cabinet authorised the Chief Minister to finalise the modalities of the scheme to be implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India.

Shagun scheme: The Cabinet also decided to expand the scope of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani Vivah Shagun Scheme by extending its benefits to general categories from April 1 onwards.

Discom financial rejig: The Cabinet approved the financial restructuring of power distribution utilities. State government will take over the liability of Rs 8162.09 crore of the two power distribution utilities for amount of 50 per cent of the liabilities calculated by March 31,2012. The government will provide full support to the Discoms for repayment of interest and principal.

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VAT on bidi hiked: With a view to discourage the consumption of ‘bidis’,the state government decided to levy VAT at a rate of five per cent (plus surcharge at a rate of five per cent) on the sale of the tobacco-based product with immediate effect.