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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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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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