While attending the 35th Annual Prize Distribution Function of RKMV here today, the Chief Minister announced announced Rs. five crore for the construction of new complex of Arts and Administrative Block of Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya (RKMV), Shimla
Shimal-Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh announced Rs. five crore for the construction of new complex of Arts and Administrative Block of Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya (RKMV), Shimla. Foundation stone of this block was laid by Shri Virbhadra Singh during previous tenure on 9th August, 2007 but the previous Government had diverted the funds allocated for the block elsewhere and work on this project was stalled.
While presiding over the 35th Annual Prize Distribution Function of RKMV here today, the Chief Minister said that this college had rich legacy and had produced some of the best students who had contributed in different spheres of life. Congratulating the meritorious students who had secured top ranks in academics besides sports and various co-curricular activities, he said that their achievements would inspire other students to excel themselves in various fields. He congratulated the Principal and staff members of the college for getting best out of their students.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that the State Government was contemplating to establish a Skill Development Corporation with an initial investment of Rs. 500 crore, which would help in checking unemployment on a large scale and would provide ample employment opportunities to the youth in the industries being set up in the State. He said that a Skill Development Authority would also be constituted in the State and efforts would be made to create at least five lakh job opportunities during the next five years. He said that since press was regarded as the fourth pillar of democracy, the State Government would open University of Journalism and Mass Communication at a suitable place in the State.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that State Government was according utmost priority to the education sector and efforts were being made to provide ‘State of the Art Education’ facilities to the youth of the State near to their homes. He said that the State was spending about Rs. 962 crore on Higher Education during the 12th five years plan and added priority was being given for construction of buildings in government colleges and schools by spending Rs. 74 crore during the current financial year.
Chief Minister said that the State Government was laying special emphasis on education of girl child which has resulted in better female literacy in the State as compared to other parts of the country. He said that at present out of 74217 students studying in government colleges, 45156 were girls, which was more than 60 percent. Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of Higher Education in Himachal was 23.9 percent, while at National level it was 15 percent. Our target was to take it to 35 percent by the year 2020, he said.
Chief Minister said that soon after assuming power, the State Government decided to reopen all those 149 Government Schools which were de-notified during previous Government’s regime. He said that the State Government had also decided to provide free travelling facility to all the students of government schools from home to school and back, in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses from 1st April, 2013.
Chief Minister directed the district administration to identify suitable parking place for RKMV at circular road to facilitate the students and teachers of the college. He said that lady police constable would be deployed in the college campus during college hours to ensure safety and security of the students. He also announced deployment of regular pharmacist and lady health worker in the college.
Chief Minister distributed prizes to various meritorious students excelling in education and other co-curricular activities.
Principal of RKMV Prof. Meera Walia while presenting the Annual Report detailed various activities and demands of the college. She said that Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh had always laid special emphasis on education especially on girl education. She said that it was during his Chief Ministership that Himachal Pradesh became first State in the county to provide free education to girl child upto graduation level including professional courses.
Director Higher Education, Shri Dinkar Burathoki proposed vote of thanks.
Industries and Information & Public Relations Minister, Shri Mukesh Agnihotri, MLA Shri Anirudh Singh, Mayor MC Shimla Shri Sanjay Chauhan, President, Himachal Pradesh Sports, Cultural and Environment Association Shri Vikramaditya Singh, Vice Chancellor, H.P. University Dr. A.D.N. Bajpayee, Member Executive Council, H.P. University Shri Harish Janartha, Councillors, MC Shimla Smt. Archna Dhawan and Shri Inderjeet Singh and senior officers of the State Government were present on the occasion among others.
HP Govt Employees to Get Higher Pay Scale on Completion of Two Years of Service: CM Jairam
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government employees working in different departments before January 3, 2022, would be given a higher scale at par with other employees on completion of two years tenure of regular service. A higher pay scale was also announced for the Junior Office Assistants (IT) on completion of two years of regular service.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur made these announcements during the Karamchari Maha Sammelan of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation at the hotel Peterhof on Sunday.
He appreciated the role played by the employee especially frontline workers in the battle against the pandemic.
He said most of the government employees in the state have been given revised pay scales and on average, every employee has got the benefit of a 12 to 15 percent salary hike. There has also been an increase in the pension of about 1.50 lakh pensioners of the state. The financial benefits of Rs. 7801 crore have been given to state government employees and pensioners from the year 2018 to 2022. The pensioners who retired before 2016 are getting the benefit of a 15 to 20 percent increase in the pension while around 40 thousand pensioners who retired after 2016 would be benefitted soon, he said.
He said the daily wages were Rs. 210 in the year 2017 which has been increased by the present state government to Rs. 350. Similarly, 12 per cent interim relief annually has been provided to government employees and pensioners during the present government’s tenure. He said the Himachal government has provided Dearness Allowance to its employees and pensioners on the lines of Punjab and Central governments from the due date. The Punjab government has given only 5 percent interim relief to the employees while the Himachal government has provided 21 percent interim relief to its employees.
“Out of the total interim relief amount given to the employees and pensioners amounting to about Rs. 6500 crore, Rs. 3500 crore has been paid during the tenure of our government” added the Chief Minister.
He said that the state government has increased the government contribution for NPS employees from 10 percent to 14 percent benefitting more than one lakh employees. The NPS employees are being given the benefits of retirement and death gratuity at par with employees falling under the old pension scheme. The government has also increased the upper limit of death gratuity from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
The Chief Minister said the state government has also increased the honorarium of para-workers working in various departments. The salary of outsource workers has been hiked by Rs 1,500 per month.
Non-Gazetted Employees Federation President Ashwani Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for providing various financial and other benefits to different categories of government employees.
Most Covid Restrictions to be Lifted From March 31, Mask and Hand Hygiene to Continue
New Delhi-The Centre has issued a notification to the States informing that the provisions of the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005 will not be invoked in the country after March 31. The Union Health Ministry said that the use of face masks and following hand hygiene will continue.
It implies that most of the Covid-related rules and restrictions would end.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued the notification which said that the decision was taken following the overall improvement in the situation and the preparedness of the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, local authorities and State police can still invoke fines and criminal cases against persons violating COVID-19 norms under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a senior government official said.
The DM Act was invoked on March 24, 2020, due to the pandemic
“Over the last seven weeks or so there has been a steep decline in the number of cases. The total caseload in the country stands at 23,913 only and the daily positivity rate has declined to 0.28%. It is also worth mentioning that with the combined efforts, a total of 181.56 Cr vaccine doses have been administered,” the notification said.
“I would like to mention that in view of the nature of the disease, we still need to remain watchful of the situation. Wherever any surge in the number of cases is observed, the States/UTs may consider taking prompt and proactive action at a local level, as advised by MoHFW (Health Ministry) from time to time,” the notification said.
The Indian government had issued various guidelines and measures for the first time on March 24, 2020, under the Disaster Management Act to curb the COVID-19 situation in the country, which have been modified several times thereafter.
India currently has 23,087 active COVID-19 cases and recorded 1,778 new cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has also declined to 0.28%.
HP Cabinet Decisions: Country Liquor Made Cheaper in New Excise Policy, Read All Decisions
Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on March 20, 2022, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The excise policy for the financial year 2022-23 was approved. Approval was also given for the renewal of retail excise vends in the state for the financial year 2022-23 at the renewal fees of 4% of the value of unit/vend.
The State Government said that wants to enhance the government revenue and curb the smuggling of country liquor from the neighbouring states by a reduction in its price.
The brands of Country Liquor will be cheaper as license fees have been reduced. This will help in providing good quality liquor at a cheaper rate to the consumers.
In the new excise policy, the 15% fixed quota of country liquor for manufacturers and bottlers to be supplied to the retail licensees has been abolished. According to the government, this step will give the retail licensees to lift their quota from the suppliers of their choice and further assure the supply of good quality country liquor at competitive prices. The MRP of country liquor will be cheaper by 16% of the existing price.
In this year’s policy, the Gaudhan Vikas Nidhi Fund has been enhanced by Re.1/- from the existing Rs.1.50 to Rs.2.50.
The fixed annual license fee of Bars has been rationalized by abolishing the area-specific slabs of license fee. Now throughout the State, there will be uniform license slabs based upon the room capacity in hotels.
Rates of the annual fixed license fee of Bars in the tribal areas has been reduced considerably.
Further, all the above stakeholders will have to install CCTV cameras at their establishments as it was made mandatory for them.
Wholesale vends and retail vends, the penalty provisions under the H.P. Excise Act, 2011 have been made more stringent.
An end to end online Excise Administration System would be established in Himachal Pradesh, the government said.
HP Government estimates a collection of Rs 2131 crore revenue during the year, which will be Rs. 264 crores higher than the financial year 2021-22 – growth of 14% in state excise revenues.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to amend Himachal Pradesh Disaster Relief Manual-2012 to include deaths due to biting of honey bees, hornet and wasps, accidental drowning and deaths due to accidents of vehicles (including land, water and air) under this Manual.
The Cabinet gave its approval for filling up 11 posts of ‘A’ Class Tehsildar in Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
HP State Toll Policy 2022-23
The HP Cabinet also gave its nod to HP State Toll Policy for the year 2022-23 which envisages auction cum tender for all the toll barriers in the State. During the year 2021-22, toll revenue has registered a growth of 20 percent of the previous year’s revenue.