HP Govt to issue letter of intent for mining operations

Shimla/March 7
The state government today decided to issue a letter of intent to applicants for grant of mining lease or renewal of old lease, enabling them to apply for EIA clearance and completing other formalities.
The decision to resume mining operations in the state was taken in cabinet meeting held under after Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here after the government obtained environment impact assessment (EIA) clearance. “In the meeting, the cabinet gave its consent to issuance of a letter of intent to applicants for grant of mining lease or renewal of old lease, enabling them to apply for EIA clearance and completing other formalities. The letter of intent will be issued at the directorate level in cases where government has agreed in principle to granting or renewing mining lease,” said a government official.
The Cabinet also approved the Budget estimates for 2013-14 and Budget session will be held from March 14.
The cabinet has decided to amend Financial Assistance and Support Services to victim of rape: a Scheme for restorative justice and now, the assistance will be available in those cases where the FIR has been registered after May 21, 2011. Now, the scheme will be known as Himachal Pradesh Financial Assistance and Support Services instead of victims of rape Scheme-2012. A decision has been taken to shift the PWD Sub-Division (Horticulture) from Shimla back to Solan.
The Cabinet decided to re-look into the amendments made in certain clauses of the hydro power policy by the previous Government and the decision was taken to continue with the existing policy of sanctioning cases of compassionate appointments with the approval of Finance Department. The Finance Department will sanction the cases of compassionate appointments on the basis of seniority as per the date of the death of the deceased government employee and eligibility. It also approved for filling up of 11 vacant posts of Tehsil Welfare Officer’s through direct recruitment on contract basis. It was decided to fill up nine vacant posts of Child Development Project Officer in Social Justice and Empowerment Department by direct recruitment on contract basis.
The government also decided to grant of Ahatha License in rural areas of the state after making new provisions in the H.P. Liquor License Rules, 1986.