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H.P. Cabinet Decisions

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Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh.

Cabinet approved to provide free travelling facility to all the students of government schools from home to school and vice versa except on holidays in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses with effect from 1st April, 2013. This announcement was made by the Chief Minister on 25th January, 2013 on the occasion of State level function of Statehood Day at Sunni in district Shimla.

The Cabinet approved Vision Document for Manali agglomeration and its sub region making it an integral part of Development Plan for Manali Agglomeration of Kullu Valley Planning Area.

It gave its nod to give relaxation to Ropeway building, Jakhu, Shimla regarding Base and Top Stations after receiving the applicable penalty under Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 from them.

Cabinet gave its approval to place Supplementary Demands for grants amounting to Rs.870.16 crore for the year 2012-13 before the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in the coming session.

Excise Policy for the year 2013-14 was also approved in the meeting.

It was decided in the meeting that all the Rain Shelters on the road sides would be brought under the control of Transport Department so as to ensure their proper use and maintenance.

Cabinet gave its approval to enhance the remuneration of part time workers/sweepers of Health Department from Rs. 1100 per month to Rs. 1300 per month.

It approved to fill up three posts of Professors and two Posts of Assistant Professors in Himachal Pradesh Government Dental College Shimla through direct recruitment, 19 posts of various categories reserved for persons with disabilities on contract basis in Horticulture Department, creation of three posts of Sanitary Inspectors in Municipal Corporation, Shimla, creation of four posts of Kanungo on supernumerary basis in Revenue Department, filling up two vacant posts of Junior Scale Stenographer in Department of Advocate General and one post of Driver on contract basis in Tribal Development Department.

It approved Recruitment and Promotion Rules for Senior Ayurvedic Chikitsak (Specialist) (Class-I Gazetted) in Ayurveda Department.

The Cabinet gave its approval to engage NIELIT, Chandigarh, a Government Service Provider Agency for providing IT education to the students of Plus one and Plus two classes in the State.

Cabinet gave its approval for inserting Rule 5A and 5B after Rule 5 of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, Himachal Pradesh Rules, 2011. This will help disadvantage groups and weaker sections of the society in getting their children admitted to privately managed aided and un-aided schools.

It was decided to provide 39 kg of wheat, 29 kg of rice per month to additional selected BPL families and 23 kg of wheat and 17 kg of rice to Antodaya families of District Chamba and 30 kg of wheat and 22 kg of rice to Antodaya families of District Sirmaur from January, 2013 to May, 2013.

Cabinet gave its approval to create one post of Member in Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institution Regulatory Commission.

The Cabinet also reviewed the decisions taken by previous BJP Government during their last six months.
Press note: Information & Public Relation, HP Govt.

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone

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Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 

 

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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes

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Shimla: The State Government today said that it has earmarked an amount of Rs 2572 crore for providing irrigation and drinking water facilities in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

The endeavour, the Government said, was to bring more area under irrigation facility so that farmers could go for crop diversification instead of traditional crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Kelodhar in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district, provided the information.It is Chief Minister’s first visit to Kelodhar after elections.

Further, it was announced that the Kandha-Bah-Batand road would be strengthened.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed ‘bhumi pujan’ of Kandha-Bah-Batand road (Phase-II) to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 358.53 lakh.

He laid the foundation stones of IPH Office building and residence at Kelodhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 74.36 lakh and of Science Block building of Government Senior Secondary School Kelodhar on which about Rs 1.50 crore would be spent.

The Government announced Rs 15 lakh for Kelodhar Panchayat for various developmental works, Rs 10 lakh each for GP Bara, GP Saroha and GP Parwara. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Kelodhar.

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British-era Bantony Castle Shimla to become Rs. 25 crore cultural centre     

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CM said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style

Shimla: As a ray of hope for the Bantony Castle, Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government has announced Rs. 25 crores for the renovation of the British-era structure in order to develop as a tourist attraction.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the five-day long State level Gram Shilp Mela which was organized by the State Language Art and Culture Department here on May 17, 2018.

Bantony Castle is one of the historic and monumental buildings of Shimla town and has a very rich history. spread over around 20,000 square meter area between Circular Road and Mall Road.

The Chief Minister said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style, part chalet and crowned with sloping roofs with mini-towers.

Nevertheless, he further said that since this building was strategically located on the Mall Road thus could be an added attraction for the tourists.

 This complex as a whole would be developed in such a way that it not only becomes a tourist attraction but also a centre of rich cultural diversity of the State.  

The previous Congress Government had, in 2017, announced that it will be turned into a Heritage museum with a restaurant and recreational park.

Artisans from different parts of the State received an opportunity to exhibit their artefacts at the Gram Shipi Mela. The government said it would also organize District level Gram Shilp Melas besides Inter-state Gram Shilp Melas to promote the artefacts of the State.

It was further informed that the State Government has announced a new scheme named ‘Aaj Purani Rahon Se’ for exploring folklores, historic events and cultural tourism in the State. The government has also decided to introduce miniaturized cultural souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh such as musical instruments, Chamba Rumal, Kangra paintings etc.

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