The Cabinet in its meeting held here today decided to provide additional honorarium of Rs 1000 to as many as 518 Special Police Officers (SPOs) rendering service in remote areas of district Chamba and Lahaul & Spiti bordering Jammu and Kashmir. This follows the announcement of Chief Minister on his tour to Salooni in district Chamba in February this year.
The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh.
It was decided to provide forest land on lease to M/s Om Energy Generation Private limited for construction of seven megawatt Holy–II Power Project in Chamba district at fixed lease amount for forty years.
Regarding relaxation and exemption in the prescribed criteria of AICTE and H.P Private Technical and Vocational Educational Institutions (Regulation of admission & fixation of fee) Act, 2008, it was decided that criterion of 50 percent marks in qualifying examination be made mandatory for admission this year with relaxation of 5 percent for reserved categories. However, it would be a final relaxation and from next year no relaxation/exemption in the prescribed criteria of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and HP Act, 2008 will be allowed. It was also decided that security amount of students passed out be refunded within stipulated time.
It was decided that faculty members of Medical and Dental colleges be allowed time bound up-gradation of designations upon fulfillment of eligibility criteria in their substantive pay subject to fitness and approval was also given for establishing collegium style of functioning in two medical colleges and a dental college of the State.
The Cabinet accorded approval for opening Veterinary dispensary in Gram Panchayat Shilladesh, in Chohara block of district Shimla with two posts necessary for its functioning on contract basis. It was also decided to open Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Pulwahal in Gram Panchayat Jawag in district Shimla. Approval was given to open Tehsil Welfare Office at Rait (Shahpur) in district Kangra.
A decision was taken to relocate the H.P PWD Shimla Rural Division Dhami to Totu and a new PWD Sub-Division to be opened at Dhami.
It was decided to raise one additional company of Home Guard Volunteers at Sub-Division Chopal in Home Guard and Civil Defence Department as per the announcement of Chief Minister.
The decision was made to amend Rule 26 and 28 of H.P Stamp Rules, 1973 wherein the limit to sell the judicial and non-judicial stamp papers has been enhanced from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 20,000.
The Cabinet gave its approval to allot land on lease to DAV College Trust and Management Society New Delhi for construction of school building and play ground at Rehan in district Kangra.
It also gave approval for filling up posts of various categories in district Lahaul-Spiti.
It approved broucher/guidelines for inviting applications for allotment of small hydroelectric projects up to 5 MW capacity under identified and self identified basis as proposed by HIMURJA.
It was decided to engage teachers through School Management Committees (SMC) on period basis in elementary and higher education departments in all the newly upgraded schools in the State and it also approved to extend this SMC policy to the schools where any sanctioned post was remaining vacant for over two years.
It also decided to create and fill up 24 posts of different categories in Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College, Kangra at Nagrota-Bagwan.
The approval was accorded to create 13 posts of Supervisors in Municipal Corporation, Shimla from retrospective date by upgrading the posts of Mate/Labourers.
The Cabinet approved amendment in Rule 45, 50 and 50(4) of the H.P Value Added Tax Rules, 2005.
It was decided to grant the pay structure of 10,300-34,800 +4800 grade pay to Ward Sisters in Health & Family Welfare Department from prospective effect.
The Cabinet gave approval for constructing two-storeys parking floor and two-storeys Sarai Bhawan in Lakkar Bazar area of Shimla for cancer patients.
The Cabinet also approved revision of pension for pre-2006 pensioners of UGC pay scales to H.P Government College Cadre Employees.
It was also decided to fill up one vacant post each of Assistant Professor and Associate professor in department of Nephrology in IGMC Shimla through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission by direct recruitment.
Decision was taken to fill up ten posts of Havildar Instructor/Quarter Master Havildar in Home Guards & Civil Defence department.
A decision was taken to filling up of 50 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Treasury, Accounts and Lottery department on contract basis. A decision was taken to engage manpower of as many as 100 in number (both un-skilled and semi skilled) on contract basis from some approved service provider in Himachal Pradesh Forest Corporation.
It was decided to fill up 20 posts of Assistant District Attorneys on contract basis in Prosecution department and filling up three posts of civil judge in Himachal Subordinate Judiciary.
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.