Himachal govt make amendments in unemployment allowance scheme

Shimla/August 20
Himachal government on Tuesday made amendments in the Skill Development Allowance scheme (Unemployment allowance scheme) with a view to bring maximum number of unemployed youth of the State under the ambit of this scheme.
Himachal Pradesh cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh gave approval for making amendments in the Skill Development Allowance scheme (SDA)and now, the eligibility criteria has been lowered to 18 to 35 years from earlier provision of 25 to 35 years of age. Further, the minimum qualification for availing unemployment allowance has also been lowered to matriculation instead of 10+2.
The beneficiary should be registered with any employment exchange in the State as on the date of application instead of earlier provision of minimum two years.
The cabinet gave its approval to dispose-off cases seeking employment on compassionate grounds. It also approved to revise the existing policy to the dependents of the deceased class-IV employees against class-IV post. The condition of passing the typing test has been made compulsory against class-III clerical post. The employment on compassionate grounds will be restricted to 5 percent of the total vacancies in a year. The income limit for compassionate employment in relation to dependents has been revised to Rs. 1.25 lakh from existing Rs. 75,000. The compassionate employment on medical grounds has been restricted to 45 years of age.
It gave approval to grant permission to Forest, Horticulture and Fisheries departments to use polythene bags of suitable sizes for nurseries and transportation of fish seeds etc. during the next two years in relaxation of the ban imposed by the State government on use of non-biodegradable polythene bags.
The cabinet gave its approval to introduce Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and Himachal Pradesh Municipal (Amendment) Bill, 2013 in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha session. The Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 and Himachal Pradesh Municipal Act, 1994 were amended in 2010 with a view to introduce the direct election system for the office of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Shimla Municipal Corporation and for the office of Presidents and Vice Presidents of Municipal Councils/Nagar Panchayats, on the analogy of Panchayati Raj Institutions. But, the system of direct elections has not proved successful in prevailing circumstances. Thus, the amendment has been proposed to speed up the execution of developmental works and restore the old system of indirect elections.
The cabinet also decided to cancel the MoU signed for construction of ropeway between Anandpur Sahib-Shri Naina Devi Ji. It has been decided to call Expression of Interest (EoI) for setting up of this project with-in the State through PPP mode.
The cabinet gave its nod to online declaration of intra-State movements of goods-Amendment of Himachal Pradesh Value Added Tax Rules, 2005. Now, besides manufacturers/dealers dealing in sale of iron, steel, plywood and sunmica, the manufacturers/dealers dealing in medicines, electrical items, edible oils, marble, furniture and timber will also be included for mandatory e-declaration of goods having value of Rs. 30,000 or above during intra-state transaction of goods.
The cabinet approved the Fertilizer Policy for the year 2013-14 with a view to optimize the use of fertilizers and to ensure uniform prices throughout the state. A provision of Rs. 678 lakh has been made by the government under the policy.
The cabinet gave its approval to amend Motor Vehicle Act for implementation of fitting all commercial vehicles with Vehicle Tracking System (VTS) in the state.
The cabinet also gave approval to create 18 posts of various categories in the directorate of Health Safety and Regulation. These includes 2 posts of Assistant Drug Controller, 1 post of Superintendent Grade-II, 3 posts of Senior Assistant, 6 posts of Drug Inspectors and 6 posts of clerks. Cabinet approved 8 posts of various categories for newly created Tehsil at Ispur in Una district.