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Budget for the year 2013-14 presented by Virbhadra Singh main highlights

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Every department in State Government will scrutinize it¡¦s Acts, Rules and Guidelines and suggest amendments to simplify the procedures and to make them citizen centric.

A State Commissioner (Public Grievances) to be appointed to monitor timely disposal of public grievances.

An Administrative Boundaries Re-organization Commission¡¨ will be set up for re-organization of boundaries of administrative units of various departments.

A State Innovation Fund to be set up with an initial outlay of Rs. 5 crore to encourage departments to try new initiatives.

Direct Benefit Transfer under all state scholarship and welfare schemes.

An outlay of Rs. 175 crore proposed for the state food subsidy scheme.

Annual plan outlay of Rs. 4100 crore proposed for 2013-14.

Each MLA to be given a budget of Rs. 2 lakh as discretionary grant fund.

Integrated Crop Diversification Programme¡¨ to be started to bring additional 3000 hectare area under vegetable cultivation.

Mukhyamantri Adarsh Krishi Gaon Yojna¡ under which 68 selected panchayats will be given a grant of Rs. 10 lakh each for agricultural infrastructure.

Production of mushroom will be treated as an agriculture activity.

Organic Certification Agency to be established to provide the facility of organic certification to the farmers in the state.

Seeds of high yielding variety of maize, paddy and fodder to be provided at 50% subsidy to the farmers for the coming kharif season.

Token tax exempted for tractors for agriculture purpose.

One Panchayat in each district which is completely free of stray animals to be given an award of Rs. 5 lakh.

Financial assistance to the NGOs/Trusts for setting up and running of Gaushalas for provision of cowsheds, fodder etc.

Procurement price of apple, mango, kinnow, malta and galgal to be increased by 50 paisa per KG.

Anti hail nets to horticulturists on 80% subsidy.

Procurement price of milk increased from the existing Rs. 17.80 to Rs. 18.80 per litre w.e.f. 1st April, 2013.

Rs. 1 crore 90 lakh to be provided for renovation of inland fish landing centres near reservoirs.

Six new monkey sterilization centres to be started.

New ICDP project for Shimla, Kangra and Kullu districts.

Housing Grant under Rajiv Awas Yojna and state housing schemes to be increased from Rs. 48500 to Rs. 75000.

Bi-monthly reimbursement of Rs.350 to be given to BDOs, Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars and officers in charge of police stations, chowkis and fire stations for use of mobile phone.

Water supply at 70 LPCD to additional 2500 habitations, 2000 hand pumps to be installed during the next financial year.

High Powered Committee for speedy clearances of Hydro projects.

Rs. 270 crore to subsidise domestic consumers of electricity.

Rs. 75 crore equity contribution to HPSEBL.

Provision of Rs. 230 crore for payment of energy charges for lift irrigation and lift water supply schemes.

Three new state of the art industrial areas to be developed in district Una, Solan and Kangra.

Clearances for industrial projects to be made time bound and brought under Public Services Guarantee Act.

Concessional CST of 1.5% on the existing industrial units and 1% on new industrial units.

Rs. 10 crore to be provided for construction and upgradation of the Bus Stands at sub-divisions and blocks.

Grant and equity of Rs.160 crore to HRTC in 2013-14.

Facility of filing e-returns, e-declaration, e-tax payment and issue of C&F forms to be extended to registered dealers having annual turnover of Rs. 40 lakh and above.

Registration fee under the H.P. VAT Act, Central Sales Tax Act, Passenger & Good Tax Act and Luxury Tax Act to be abolished for the new dealers.

HP Traders Welfare Board to be revived.

9% VAT on all types of footwear.

VAT on aviation turbine fuel to be reduced from 5% to 1%.

New hotels in the backward panchayats to be exempted from payment of luxury tax for a period of 10 years.

Free travel facility to government school students for going to and coming from schools in HRTC buses w.e.f. 1st April, 2013.

Patients suffering from cancer and spinal injuries and those on dialysis to be provided free travel facility in HRTC buses along with one attendant.

Re-opening of schools denotified and closed by the previous government.

PTA grants to Lecturer School Cadre to be increased from Rs. 7250 to Rs. 10875, for the TGT from Rs. 6950 to Rs. 10425, and for C&V teachers from Rs. 6750 to Rs. 10125.

Smart classrooms to be started in 618 Government Senior Secondary Schools and 837 Govt. High Schools.

Vocational education in 100 new senior secondary schools.

5 thousand meritorious students of 10th and 12th class to be provided Net books/tablets under Rajiv Gandhi Digital Student Yojna.

Student of Himachal Pradesh who gets admission in IITs, IIMs or AIIMS to be given a cash incentive of Rs.75 thousand.

New ITIs will be opened in all the Vidhan Sabha constituencies without a government ITI.

New engineering college under RUSA in District Kangra.

Cash prize given to the outstanding players of the state to be doubled. Award money of Parshuram awardees to be enhanced from existing Rs. 50000 to Rs. 1 lakh.

Monthly incentive to be increased from Rs. 15000 to Rs. 25000 and from Rs. 25000 to Rs. 40000 to encourage PG doctors to opt for interior locations.

Higher Education Allowance for doctors acquiring PG Degree to be raised from Rs. 5000 to Rs.7000 PM and for those acquiring PG diploma from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3500 PM.

VAT on cigarette, cigar etc. to be increased from 18% to 36% and on bidis from 11% to 22%.

At least 20% women to be recruited at constable and Sub Inspector level.

Assistance given for remarriage of widows and inter caste marriage to be enhanced from Rs. 25000 to Rs. 50,000.

Mahila Kalyan Board¡¦ will be set up in the state.

Allocation of Rs. 1014 crore under the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan and Rs. 369 crore under Tribal Sub-Plan.

Social Security pension to be increased from Rs. 450 to Rs. 500 pm. Pensioners above 80 years of age will be given pension @ Rs. 1000 PM. All pending applications to be cleared.

Assistance under ¡¥Mukhya Mantri Kanya Daan Yojna¡¦, to be raised from Rs. 21000 to Rs. 25000 w.e.f. 1st April, 2013.

Ex-servicemen pension to be raised to Rs.500 per month from 1st April, 2013.

Amount of War Jagir to be increased from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3000.

Grant of uniform allowance to non-gazetted ranks of police to be doubled.

10 courts of Additional District and Session Judge and 2 courts of Civil Judge (Junior Division) will be set up in the State.

Skill Development Allowance¡¨ of Rs. 1000 per month to be given to 10+2 and above educated unemployed youth. This rate will be Rs. 1500 per month for persons with disabilities. Interest subvention of 4% to be given up to project cost of Rs.1.50 lakh.

State Skill Development Council¡¦ to be established.

2000 posts of teachers of different categories, 500 posts of data entry operators/computer operators, 500 posts of water guards, 500 posts of patwaris, 250 JEs/ surveyors, 200 forest guards, 200 posts of Panchayat sahayaks and 100 posts of nurses and all vacant posts of doctors to be filled up.

Winter allowance for employees in tribal and hard areas increased from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 per month.

Fixed Medical allowance for employees and pensioners increased from Rs. 250 to Rs. 350 per month.

Contractual employees completing 6 years of service, Daily wage employees completing 7 years of service as on 31st March 2013 to be regularized as per norms.

Part timers including part time water carriers in the education department who complete 9 years of continuous service as on 31st March 2013 will be made daily wagers as per norms.

Financial assistance to the registered workers engaged in building and construction activities to be enhanced.

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HP Health Dept Scam: Congress Plans Campaign Against Govt Corruption, Wants ‘White Paper’ on Purchases and CM’s Resignation

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Shimla-The Congress Party in Himachal Pradesh on June 4, 2020, submitted a memorandum to the Governor Bandaru Dattatraya demanding an enquiry by a sitting High Court Judge in the recent purchases of COVID-19 equipment made by the Health Department.

The Congress Delegation was led by HPCC President Kuldeep Singh Rathore along with Mukesh Agnihotri, Dr, Col. Dhani Ram Shandil, Jagat Singh Negi,  Nand Lal, Mohan Lal Brakta, Vinay Kumar, Vikram Aditya Singh and Ashish Butail.  

Congress claimed that it had highlighted the issue of massive corruption in the health department following which the Director Health Services was arrested. Eventually, when the Congress Party raised a hue and cry, it led to the resignation of State BJP Chief Rajeev Bindal, Congress claimed. Congress demanded a “White Paper” on the purchases made by the Health Department and the resignation of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur since he is also holds the charge of the Health Ministry.

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Yesterday, the HPCC had submitted memorandums to the Governor at district level through Deputy Commissioners.

In the second phase, the Congress Party has directed the senior leaders to conduct press conferences throughout the state from June 6 to  June 15, 2020. The sitting MLAs along with senior Congressmen would highlight the growing level of corruption in the Health Department at the behest of ruling BJP Govt, the party said. In the third phase, Congress Spokespersons would highlight this issue in their respective Districts.

Also Read: Accused ex-Director Granted Bail

The party said that its Social Media Cell would start a campaign under the hashtag  Health Corruption where the party office bearers, leaders and sympathizers would come online simultaneously at various social media platforms to highlight this issue among masses.

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Himachal-Two Dozen New Cases on June 4 from Nine Districts, 29 Recovers

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Shimla-On June 4, 2020, Himachal Pradesh reported 24 new cases of coronavirus from eight districts – Sirmaur, Kangra, Mandi, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Shimla, Chamba, Una and Kullu. The total for the State has risen to 383, of which 199 are active cases, 175 patients have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside State.  As many as 29 patients from different districts reported having recovered yesterday.

According to the last daily COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Health Department for June 4 (9:00 PM), among these districts, highest seven cases were reported from Sirmaur district, four from Kangra, Three from Mandi, Two from Chamba, one each from Kullu, Bilaspur, Una and Shimla, and four from Hamirpur.

In Sirmuar district, seven persons who tested positive for COVID-19 include two returnees from Delhi and four from Uttar Pradesh. In the seventh case, a woman from Nahan tested positive. Her case appeared in random sampling. Four others also belong to Nahan while two belong to Kolwala Bhood area.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till June 4, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 cases on June 4, 2020

In Kangra, two residents of Baijnath area who had returned from Delhi in their vehicle tested positive. The third patient also belong to Baijnath area and had returned from the USA in a flight.

In Mandi, two residents of Dharampur and one resident of Gumma testes positive. All three were under home-quarantine.

In Kullu, a woman who hails from Mandi district has tested positive. One case was reported from Shimla, but not much information was available about this person.

In Bilaspur, an ITBP jawan who had returned from Delhi in a cab with another person tested positive. He is said to be a resident of Jhanduta area.

Hamirpur also reported four new cases, of which three were said to be residents of Badsar, while one hailed from Nadaun. These persons are aged between 32 to 55 years.

In Chamba, a resident of Dalhousie, who had returned from Delhi and a resident of Churah, who had returned from Sonipat, Haryana, area tested positive. The third patient was said to be a resident of Tunuhatti area. He was under institutional quarantine at Shahtalai.

Of these cases reported yesterday, most were under institutional quarantine, while a some of them were home-quarantined. 

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HP Met Predicts More Thundershowers/Hailstorm, Issues Orange Alert for June 5 and 6

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Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow alert for June 4 and an orange alert for June 5 and 6.

During this time, the State is expected to receive wide-spread thundershowers with lightning, hailstorm and gusty winds (40-50 kms/h) at isolated places.

Intermittent rains from 26 May onwards have caused a sharp dip in the average temperatures. On June 3, various parts of the State including Aghar, Nahan, Mandi, Rajgarh, Baldwar, Kasauli, Dharampur & Pandoh, Kufri, Kahu, Bhuntar, Jogindernagar, Bharmaur, Bilaspur, and Solan received rains and hailstorm.

At the time of writing several parts of the State were receiving a moderate spell of rain.

Himachal PRadesh weather prediction for july

According to the Met, the temperature was recorded to be below average in the State for this time of the year. The average maximum temperature in Himachal on June 3 was recorded to be 5 to 6 degrees Celsius below normal, and the minimum temperature was 3 to 4 degrees below average. The minimum temperature in Shimla was recorded to be 12.3, compelling people to wear warm clothes. A spell of heavy rain and hailstorm hit Shimla yesterday. Una recorded the highest temperature at 34.8 degrees Celsius and Keylong lowest at 8 degree Celsius.   

Further, this wet spell is likely to continue till June 9 except for June 8.

In lower-hills, the rain has brought respite from the heat but the weather has been bothering apple/fruit growers as their season is nearing. Hailstorm and gusty winds have inflicted heavy damage upon their crops, implying financial losses, which could increase in the coming days considering the Met Department’s prediction.

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