Ranchi: The Jharkhand Cabinet gave its nod to the proposed Jharkhand Ordinance-2011 on Sunday. The Ordinance aims at regularizing the buildings on ‘Raiyyati’ land which have been constructed either without getting clearance from the concerned department or by changing the originally cleared map.

In a hurriedly called Cabinet meeting, Arjun Munda government gave its nod to the Ordinance after it was returned back by Governor MOH Farook, as it was sent for his consent without getting clearance from the state Cabinet.

Munda government has prepared this ordinance in its bid to insulate itself from people’s wrath over the demolition drive being undertaken on the orders of the Jharkhand High Court.

As per the Ordinance, all those willing to regularize their buildings would have to pay a fee calculated at a compound rate. 
 
Besides this, the state Cabinet also approved the proposal of compulsory and free education for children under the provisions of Right to Education Act - 2009.

Once the provision comes into effect, the state government would have to open schools for students of grade one to five within a radius of one kilometre and schools for students of class six to eight grade within two kilometres.

It would also empower the government to tighten noose on private schools for not following the admission procedure as per the guidelines in the RTE Act.

The Act makes it compulsory for all the private schools to reserve 25 percent seats for students belonging to marginalized sections of society.

JPN/Bureau