Himachal Cabinet okays announcements made by CM

Shimla/ August 17

In an continued attempt to please its employees and fulfilment of the announcement made by the Chief Minister in Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) Meeting held here recently, the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Friday granted approval to alleviate part time water carriers completing nine years of service to the posts of daily wagers and daily wagers completing eight years of service as regular class-IV employees against the posts of Water Carriers and Peons in the Department of Education. The Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal presided over the meeting.

The cabinet granted approval to Amendment in Himachal Pradesh Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2012 to provide for 33 percent reservation to the women and reservation to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

“It was approved to enhance daily allowance of Home Guard Volunteers from Rs. 200 to Rs. 225 in non-tribal areas and from Rs. 249 to Rs. 281 in Tribal Areas, from September 1, 2012. This is in fulfilment of the announcement made by the Chief Minister in State Level Independence Day at Kullu,” the spokesman said.

It was decided to pay Special Monthly Allowance of Rs.80 to the Firemen completing 20 years of satisfactory service, having faced no major penalty during last three years and no minor penalty during past six months, besides re-designating them as Honorary Lead Firemen.

The spokesman said the cabinet also decided to re-designate Warder as Honorary Head Warders in the Prisons Department on satisfactory completion of 20 years of service in the cadre with a view to remove stagnation.

“The Council of Ministers decided to raise one more Battalion of Himachal Home Guards in the State and generate employment to 600 youth.  It was further decided to create one post of Commandant and set up the Battalion at Dehra in district Kangra,” the spokesman said.

He said the cabinet gave nod to create and fill up 10 posts of Data Entry Operators, One post of Deputy Director (Archives) in the Department of Language and Culture.

The cabinet okayed to create District Cadre for various categories of Para Medical Staff in Health and Family Welfare Department besides granting approval to the Inter-District Transfer Policy under 5 percent quota.

In another decision, the cabinet approved to procure additional finance of US$ 61.70 million from World Bank as well for extension of the closing date up to June, 2016, in respect of the ongoing projects/packages being executed by the Himachal Pradesh State Roads and Other Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited.

The spokesman said the cabinet decided to amend Section 4(6)(e) of Himachal Pradesh Value Added Tax Act, 2005, in order to enhance the turnover limit of registration in respect of small dealers from Rs. 6.00 lakh to Rs. 8.00 lakh.  This is in fulfilment of the Independence Day announcement of the Chief Minister.

It was decided to amend Rule 75 of Himachal Pradesh Value Added Tax Rules, 2005, in order to enhance the limit of sanctioning of refund to the dealers by the Assessing Authorities.

“The cabinet approved to increase lease period from three to ten years in respect of Trekkers Hostel at Haripurdhar in district Sirmour with a view to give boost to adventure tourism in the unexplored destinations.”

The cabinet also okayed to revise Parking Complex Development Plan at Sanjauli in Shimla with a view to create more parking space. ENDS