Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government-led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided to stick to old excise policy of not opening new liquor shops in the state. With this decision, the government is set to lose revenue worth Rs 25 crore earned through excise tax.

The state cabinet on Tuesday also decided to enhance the pension of MISA prisoners, along with giving approval to two irrigation projects.

Besides, it also raised tax on existing liquor shops by 20 percent and ordered that 50 percent of countrymade liquor be packaged in glass bottles.

The meeting also decided to enhance the compensation from Rs 3,000 to 10,000 to those MISA prisoners who have spent less than six months in jail, while at the same time increasing the compensation from Rs 6,000 to 15,000 for those who spent more than six months in jail under MISA.

In case of unregistered MISA prisoner, the government will accept an affidavit from two MISA prisoners to confer the MISA status on unregistered prisoners.

After the meeting, the government spokesman and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra said “The proposal to increase dearness allowance also came up but the Cabinet failed to approve the proposal and decided to take up the matter after studying the recommendations of the Central pay commission.”

The government also objected to the Centre’s decision of not renewing poppy straw licenses after December 31, 2011.

It is learnt that State Commercial Tax Minister Raghavji will lead a delegation of farmers to meet Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee asking him for a relaxation in the deadline to give relief to the farmers.

The state cabinet has also decided to open schools within a radius of one kilometer under the provisions of Right To Education Act. Similarly, schools will also be opened within one kilometer radius on the availability of 12 students.

Other decisions taken in the meet include approval for a Zoo in Mand Forest block of Satna district with an investment of Rs 10 crore, Rs 127.46 irrigation projects in
Sagar district along with other irrigation projects in Panna and Dindori districts.