Revised OTS policy yet to see light of day - ECAS Punjab

Revised OTS policy yet to see light of day

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 9

With three-and-a-half years in governance, a user-friendly revised one-time settlement (OTS) policy for non-compoundable violations in urban local bodies across the state is yet to see the light of day. Affecting 30 lakh violations in residential and non-residential buildings in urban local bodies, the government aims to earn a revenue of Rs 1,000 crore by regularising the buildings.

The previous OTS policy notified in March last year, when Navjot Singh Sidhu was the Local Government Minister, was held back as it did not find favour with the intended beneficiaries. The department had received just 1,200 applications last year before Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh directed Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra to work out a realistic and people-friendly policy. Based on it, the department had invited suggestions from the public and stakeholders. Covid restrictions and subsequent transfer of two secretaries in the department further delayed the finalisation of the policy. A senior officer said categorisation of urban local bodies for the purpose of charging the regularisation fee and relaxing the parking norms was being proposed.

AConsultations on, says Minister

Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra said the department was in the process of consulting various stakeholders. "With the department getting a secretary-level officer and final nitty-gritty of the relaxations being worked out, we are shortly coming with the revised scheme," the minister said.

from The Tribune

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