Quota to 11 ‘Lingayat’ sub-castes in OBC category

Mumbai : After the reservation for the Maratha and The Muslim community, the state cabinet decided to please the Lingayat community on Thursday, by accepting most of their demands.

The cabinet approved inclusion of 11 ‘Lingayat’ sub-castes in OBC category and inclusion of 3 sub-casts in the SBC category. The cabinet also recommended the Centre to grant minority status to the community.

Cabinet accepted the report of the cabinet sub-committee set up to study the demands of the Lingayat community. The report of the State OBC Commission was also accepted.

This is a historic decision, water supply and sanitation minister Dilip Sopal said, who headed the cabinet sub-committee set up to study the demands of the Lingayat community.

Welfare Board for Transgenders: The cabinet also gave a go-ahead for setting up of the Transgender Welfare Board which will undertake programs for the survey of the transgender population and also take up employment and welfare schemes for the community.

Freedom fighers’ pension increased: The cabinet also decided to hike pension of freedom fighters by Rs 2,000 and the amount will be deposited in their bank accounts at the start of the financial year.

Satellite Re-survey of land records: Re-survey of land records will be done through satellite in Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati, Nagpur and Raigad districts in the first phase, officials informed.

Entertainment duty on western classical music concerts waived: The cabinet was informed today that 94 per cent sowing has been completed and there is 64 per cent water in reservoirs.

Rs 7 crore rehabilitation plan for Malin sanctioned: The cabinet also approved Rs 7 crore plan for the rehabilitation of those affected by the landslide at Malin village in Pune district. Over 150 people died in the village, located in a hilly area, when heavy rain triggered a landslide on July 30.

According to the plan submitted by the Pune district collector, 30 families will be given temporary sheds which would cost Rs one lakh each, while 72 families will be provided with pucca houses which would cost Rs two lakh each.

Eight acres of land at the cost of Rs four lakh per acre will be purchased for construction of new houses for the affected families.

Rs five crore would be spent on other basic amenities. Social Justice department would spend Rs one crore on construction of a community centre and a compound wall.

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