Himachal exempts Home stay units from paying tax for next five years

Shimla/November 13
Himachal government on Wednesday gave consent to to amend the Himachal Pradesh Tax on Luxuries (in hotels and lodging houses) Act, 1979 by promulgating an ordinance to provide benefit of exemption of luxury tax for Home Stay Scheme for next five years.
The state cabinet which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh gave its nod for adopting of a Sustainable Tourism Development Policy, 2013 which has been framed for achieving sustainable tourism development based on global and national good practices, situation analysis, stakeholder engagements, rapid destination diagnostics and participatory planning exercises.
The Cabinet decided to hold the winter session of State Vidhan Sabha from December 16 to 21 at Dharamshala and gave its approval for formation of Sub-Cadre for all tribal areas and various hard areas of the State.
The Cabinet approved to create and fill up 60 posts of Medical Officers in the Health Department. It gave approval for procurement of citrus fruits in the State under Market Intervention Scheme during year 2013-14. As per the budget announcement of Chief Minister to enhance procurement rate by 50 paise, Kinnu/Malta/orange will now be procured at the rate of Rs. 6.50 (class-B), Rs. 6.00 (Class-C) per kilogram and Galgal at a rate of Rs. 5.00 per kilogram. The procurement Centers will be established as per the requirement in the State and procurement will be done by the HPMC/HIMFED through its staff only. The scheme will be effective from November20, 2013 to February 15 , 2014.
It was decided to invite the tenders for six months period under the scheme. It also gave consent for providing an additional subsidy of Rs. 62 crore to carry out the scheme in the current financial year. It also approved to provide additional food grains to the BPL families of the State. They will be provided additional 11 kg Wheat per ration card at Rs. 5.25 per kg and 9 kg rice per ration card at Rs. 6.85 per kg.
The Cabinet also approved amendment in Himachal Panchayati Raj (Election) Rules, 1994. As per the amendment, the State Election Commission will be able to use data base of the Election Commission of India for the preparation of the draft electoral rolls for the elections under these rules.
It approved to grant pay structure of Rs. 15600-39100 +5400 grade pay to the categories/posts of Administrative/ Establishment Officers/ Registrars or Assistant Registrars and other posts which have Superintendent Grade-I, Section Officer or Private Sectary as feeder posts.
It was decided to fix quota of HAS/departmental candidate in ratio of 60:40 respectively for filling up the posts of RTO’s and to carry out necessary amendments in the existing R&P rules accordingly in order to enable filling of vacant posts.
The decision was taken to re-designate 40 Panchayat Sahayaks as Panchayat Secretaries (contract) who have completed eight years of service as on 31-03-2013 with individual remuneration of Rs. 7810 per month subject to educational qualifications. It also approved to provide Rs. 9,12,000 as additionality in the shape of Grant-in-aid to the PRI’s for the purpose. It was also decided to recruit 200 Panchayat Sahayaks sanctioned earlier through the CEO. Zila Parishads. It was also decided to create and fill up 45 additional posts of Panchayat Sahayaks in the State
The cabinet gave its nod to purchase additional 10 ambulances for back up purpose under National Ambulance Service.