Main highlights of the HP Budget 2013-2014

Main highlights of the HP Budget 2013-2014
• Every department in state government will scrutinize its Acts, Rules and Guidelines and suggest amendments to simplify the procedures and to make them citizen centric.
• A State Commissioner (Public Grievances) to be appointed to monitor timely disposal of public grievances.
• Administrative Boundaries Re-organization Commission will be set up for re-organization of boundaries of administrative units of various departments.
• A State Innovation Fund to be set up with an initial outlay of Rs. 5 crore to encourage departments to try new initiatives.
• Direct Benefit Transfer under all state scholarship and welfare schemes.
• An outlay of Rs. 175 crore proposed for the state food subsidy scheme.
• Annual plan outlay of Rs. 4100 crore proposed for 2013-14.
• Each MLA to be given a budget of Rs. 2 lakh as discretionary grant fund.
• Integrated Crop Diversification Programme to be started to bring additional 3000 hectare area under vegetable cultivation.
• Mukhyamantri Adarsh Krishi Gaon Yojna¡¨ under which 68 selected panchayats will be given a grant of Rs. 10 lakh each for agricultural infrastructure.
• Production of mushroom will be treated as an agriculture activity.
• Organic Certification Agency to be established to provide the facility of organic certification to the farmers in the state.
• Seeds of high yielding variety of maize, paddy and fodder to be provided at 50% subsidy to the farmers for the coming kharif season.
• Token tax exempted for tractors for agriculture purpose.
• One Panchayat in each district which is completely free of stray animals to be given an award of Rs. 5 lakh.
• Financial assistance to the NGOs/Trusts for setting up and running of Gaushalas for provision of cowsheds, fodder etc.
• Procurement price of apple, mango, kinnow, malta and galgal to be increased by 50 paisa per KG.
• Anti hail nets to horticulturists on 80% subsidy.
• Procurement price of milk increased from the existing Rs. 17.80 to Rs. 18.80 per litre w.e.f. April 1, 2013.
• Rs. 1 crore 90 lakh to be provided for renovation of inland fish landing centres near reservoirs.
• Six new monkey sterilization centres to be started.
• New ICDP project for Shimla, Kangra and Kullu districts.
• Housing Grant under Rajiv Awas Yojna and state housing schemes to be increased from Rs. 48500 to Rs. 75000.
• Bi-monthly reimbursement of Rs.350 to be given to BDOs, Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars and officers in charge of police stations, chowkis and fire stations for use of mobile phone.
• Water supply at 70 LPCD to additional 2500 habitations, 2000 hand pumps to be installed during the next financial year.
• High Powered Committee for speedy clearances of Hydro projects.
• Rs. 270 crore to subsidise domestic consumers of electricity.
• Rs. 75 crore equity contribution to HPSEBL.
• Provision of Rs. 230 crore for payment of energy charges for lift irrigation and lift water supply schemes.
• Three new state of the art industrial areas to be developed in district Una, Solan and Kangra.
• Concessional CST of 1.5% on the existing industrial units and 1% on new industrial units.
• Rs. 10 crore to be provided for construction and upgradation of the Bus Stands at sub-divisions and blocks.
• Grant and equity of Rs.160 crore to HRTC in 2013-14.
• Facility of filing e-returns, e-declaration, e-tax payment and issue of C&F forms to be extended to registered dealers having annual turnover of Rs. 40 lakh and above.
• Registration fee under the H.P. VAT Act, Central Sales Tax Act, Passenger & Good Tax Act and Luxury Tax Act to be abolished for the new dealers.
• HP Traders Welfare Board to be revived.
• 9% VAT on all types of footwear.
• VAT on aviation turbine fuel to be reduced from 5% to 1%.
• New hotels in the backward panchayats to be exempted from payment of luxury tax for a period of 10 years.
• Free travel facility to government school students for going to and coming from schools in HRTC buses w.e.f. April 1, 2013.
• Patients suffering from cancer and spinal injuries and those on dialysis to be provided free travel facility in HRTC buses along with one attendant.
• Re-opening of schools denotified and closed by the previous government.
• PTA grants to Lecturer School Cadre to be increased from Rs. 7250 to Rs. 10875, for the TGT from Rs. 6950 to Rs. 10425, and for C&V teachers from Rs. 6750 to Rs. 10125.
• Smart classrooms to be started in 618 Government Senior Secondary Schools and 837 Govt. High Schools.
• Vocational education in 100 new senior secondary schools.
• 5 thousand meritorious students of 10th and 12th class to be provided Net books/tablets under Rajiv Gandhi Digital Student Yojna.
• Student of Himachal Pradesh who gets admission in IITs, IIMs or AIIMS to be given a cash incentive of Rs.75 thousand.
• New ITIs will be opened in all the Vidhan Sabha constituencies without a government ITI.
• New engineering college under RUSA in District Kangra.
• Cash prize given to the outstanding players of the state to be doubled. Award money of Parshuram awardees to be enhanced from existing Rs. 50000 to Rs. 1 lakh.
• Monthly incentive to be increased from Rs. 15000 to Rs. 25000 and from Rs. 25000 to Rs. 40000 to encourage PG doctors to opt for interior locations.
• Higher Education Allowance for doctors acquiring PG Degree to be raised from Rs. 5000 to Rs.7000 PM and for those acquiring PG diploma from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3500 PM.
• VAT on cigarette, cigar etc. to be increased from 18% to 36% and on bidis from 11% to 22%.
• At least 20% women to be recruited at constable and Sub Inspector level.
• Assistance given for remarriage of widows and inter caste marriage to be enhanced from Rs. 25000 to Rs. 50,000.
• Mahila Kalyan Board will be set up in the state.
• Allocation of Rs. 1014 crore under the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan and Rs. 369 crore under Tribal Sub-Plan.
• Social Security pension to be increased from Rs. 450 to Rs. 500 pm. Pensioners above 80 years of age will be given pension @ Rs. 1000 PM. All pending applications to be cleared.
• Assistance under Mukhya Mantri Kanya Daan Yojna, to be raised from Rs. 21000 to Rs. 25000 w.e.f. April 1, 2013.
• Ex-servicemen pension to be raised to Rs.500 per month from April 1, 2013.
• Amount of War Jagir to be increased from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3000.
• Grant of uniform allowance to non-gazetted ranks of police to be doubled.
• 10 courts of Additional District and Session Judge and 2 courts of Civil Judge (Junior Division) will be set up in the State.
• Skill Development Allowance¡¨ of Rs. 1000 per month to be given to 10+2 and above educated unemployed youth. This rate will be Rs. 1500 per month for persons with disabilities. Interest subvention of 4% to be given up to project cost of Rs.1.50 lakh.
• State Skill Development Council to be established.
• 2000 posts of teachers of different categories, 500 posts of data entry operators/computer operators, 500 posts of water guards, 500 posts of patwaris, 250 JEs/ surveyors, 200 forest guards, 200 posts of Panchayat sahayaks and 100 posts of nurses and all vacant posts of doctors to be filled up.
• Winter allowance for employees in tribal and hard areas increased from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 per month.
• Fixed Medical allowance for employees and pensioners increased from Rs. 250 to Rs. 350 per month.
• Contractual employees completing 6 years of service, Daily wage employees completing 7 years of service as on March31, 2013 to be regularized as per norms.
• Part timers including part time water carriers in the education department who complete 9 years of continuous service as on March 31, 2013 will be made daily wagers as per norms.
• Financial assistance to the registered workers engaged in building and construction activities to be enhanced.
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