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Himachal Pradesh budget 2015-16: Highlights

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Today in the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presented the state budget for the year 2015-16. In his address where he overlooked some of the important issues like Information Technology, he surely assured of providing good governance to the people of Himachal Pradesh.

Main highlights of the Budget

• Practice of obtaining Affidavits for various purposes replaced with Self-Declaration on Plain Paper.

• e-Procurement (e-Tendering) to be extended to more Departments for 100 per cent coverage and transparency in Government procurement process.

• Contract Management Information System to be rolled out in the Departments of IPH and Public Works for timely completion of Schemes and their proper monitoring.

• Amount of ‘Vidhayak Khshetriya Vikas Nidhi Yojana’ increased from Rs. 50 Lakh to Rs. 70 Lakh.

• A new Project on Management of Horticultural Crops in the State amounting to ` 1 Thousand Crore approved for funding by the World Bank.

• Budget outlay of Rs. 210 Crore proposed for continuing the Food Subsidy Scheme.

• Digital Ration Cards to be issued to All Eligible Residents.

• Additional Rs. 4 Crore proposed for Construction of Godowns/Warehouses for increasing storage capacity of Food Grains in the State.

• Rs. 154 Crore ‘Rajiv Gandhi Micro-Irrigation Scheme’ to be launched.

• 50 per cent subsidy proposed for Construction of Lift Irrigation Schemes and Installation of Bore-Wells by the individuals or group of farmers of the State.

• Zone-wise On-Line Soil Fertility Maps to be made available. 1 Lakh Farmers to be provided Soil Health Cards.

• An outlay of Rs. 60 Crore proposed for promoting Off Season Vegetables.

• New Scheme – ‘Establishment of Centres of Excellence for Vegetable Nursery Production’ to be launched.

• 20 Thousand Vermi-Compost Units to be set up with 50 per cent Financial Assistance.

• Rs. 10 Crore will be provided to the HP Marketing Board for Development of Market Yards.

• New Scheme – ‘Uttam Chara Utpadan Yojana’ to be launched for fodder development.

• Chaff-Cutter subsidy to be extended to BPL farmers also.

• New Scheme – ‘Mukhya Mantri Kisan Evam Khetihar Mazdoor Jeevan Surakhsha Yojana’ to provide Insurance cover to the Farmers/Agricultural Labourers.

• 2 Lakh Square Metre area to be covered under Protected Cultivation of High Value Fruits, Flowers and Vegetables.

• 1,000 Hectare additional area to be brought under Revamped Apple Rejuvenation Project.

• 30 per cent additional Subsidy to promote Pollinisation through Honey Bees proposed from the State Government.

• Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme to be extended to all Blocks of the State.

• Rs. 5 Crore proposed for HPMC for converting three Cold Stores into CA Cold Stores.

• Veterinary Poly-Clinics to be established in Una and Bilaspur districts.

• ‘Gauvansh Samvardhan Board’ to be constituted.

• Milk Procurement Price to be enhanced by Rs. 1 per Litre. HP MILKFED to be provided a Grant-in-Aid of ` 15 Crore.

• New Scheme to set up Milk Processing & Chilling Units by the Dairy Co-operative Societies with 60 per cent subsidy.

• KfW Bank of Germany to fund Rs. 310 Crore for HP Forest Eco-Systems Climate Proofing Project.

• Rs. 20 Crore for additional material for converting Kacha Water Tanks into Poly-Lined/Pucca Water Tanks in convergence with MGNREGA.

• 40,000 Hectare area to be developed under Watershed Development Programme by spending about Rs. 50 Crore.

• 10 Thousand Houses to be constructed under different Housing Schemes, with a subsidy of ` 75,000 for each house.

• Government to release Rs. 109 Crore to Panchayats. Additional Rs.195 Crore also to be released to Panchayats, as per 14th Finance Commission recommendations.

• Farmers and Self-Help Groups to be exempted from payment of Stamp Duty on Mortgage Deeds up to the value of Rs. 10 Lakhs.

• Stamp Duty and Registration Charges for Mortgage to obtain Education Loan up to Rs. 7.50 Lakh to be exempted.

• Stipend to Patwari candidates for training to be enhanced from ` 1 Thousand to ` 3 Thousand.

• Budget provision of Rs. 236 Crore proposed for Disaster Relief.

• Water Treatment Plants/Filter Beds to be provided in all left out 512 Water Supply Schemes in next three years with allocation of Rs. 20 Crore for 2015-16.

• Rs. 45 Crore to be allocated to accelerate the Nadaun Medium Irrigation and Phina Singh Irrigation Project.

• An outlay of Rs. 154 Crore proposed for Minor Irrigation Schemes to cover 3,500 Hectares of cultivated land.

• An outlay of Rs. 50 Crore proposed for Command Area Development Works.

• Rs. 330 Crore will be provided to IPH Department to meet the Energy Charges of Water Supply & Irrigation Schemes.

• An outlay of Rs. 187 Crore proposed for Flood Protection Works.

• Capacity addition of 1,050 MW Hydro-Power to be done in 2015-16.

• Solar Projects to be treated as Industrial Projects. Tariff up to 5 MW capacity to be regulated/approved by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission and entire power to be purchased by HPSEBL.

• 3 LED Bulbs per Domestic Consumer to be provided below market price and the cost at Rs. 10 per LED Bulb to be recovered through electricity bills from consumers.

• VAT on LED Bulbs will be reduced from 13.75 per cent to 5 per cent.

• Energy Efficient Chullahs certified by TERI or approved by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy to be exempted from VAT.

• Rs. 380 Crore to be provided to HPSEBL for subsidising electricity to the Domestic Consumers.

• Rs. 40 Crore to be provided for developing industrial areas in the State and ` 20 Crore to be provided to Baddi – Barotiwala – Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA) for various developmental works.

• New industries will be charged Entry Tax @ 1 per cent on industrial inputs.

• Electricity Duty for Specified Extra High Tension (EHT) Category Consumers to be reduced from 15 per cent to 13 per cent, for Medium & Large Industries except EHT from 13 per cent to 11 percent, for Small Industries from 7 per cent to 5 per cent and for any new industry including the new EHT category industry employing more than 300 Himachalis only 1 per cent for five years.

• Two State of the Art Industrial Areas at Kandrouri in Kangra and Pandoga in Una District Rs. 107 Crore and Rs. 112 Crore respectively to be set up.

• MGNREGA Workers having worked for 50 days in the preceding 12 months to be registered as beneficiaries with the HP Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.

• Employment & Career Guidance to be provided in all the District Employment Exchanges, Schools, Colleges, ITIs, Engineering Institutions.

• 800 New Buses for HRTC to be purchased under JNNURM.

• Tax on Transport Vehicles and Contract Carriages will be transferred to the Department of Transport for the benefit of vehicle owners.

• Rs. 10 Crore to be provided for construction of New Bus Stands.

• Grant-in-Aid and Equity of Rs. 200 Crore to HRTC.

• Quality Monitors will be appointed for monitoring the quality of works in PWD.

• Rs. 50 Crore budget provision for installation of Steel Crash Barriers on the Accident Prone Sites.

• State Knowledge Cell on the Climate Change to be strengthened.

• e-Payment for effective and transparent Tax Collection to be made compulsory for all registered dealers under VAT & CST.

• Scheme of Deemed Assessment to the dealers to be simplified. Common Login-id to be provided to all dealers for uploading of all returns under different Acts.

• Trucks entering Himachal with full on-Line Declaration of Goods not to be stopped at Barriers.

• Exemption limit for Dhabas, Halwai, Chai and Chat Dealers will be raised to Rs. 8 Lakhs for payment of VAT.

• Small Traders with less than Rs. 25 Lakh turn-over to be provided a Group Accidental Insurance cover of Rs. 2 Lakhs.

• Inter-State Purchase or Sale also to be brought under Lump-Sum Scheme.

• VAT on Fabrication of Truck/Bus Bodies to be reduced to 5 per cent.

• The CGCR Tax levied on packaged water bottles to be reduced.

• Private parties to be invited to start Helicopter Service from Chandigarh to Shimla and other Tourist Destinations.

• Magicians and Circus performances to be exempted from payment of Entertainment Duty for ten years.

• Tourism Infrastructure Projects of US $ 62 Million to promote Community Based Tourism Activities.

• Aero-Sports Rules to be simplified for encouraging Adventure Tourism.

• Meritorious Students of 10th and 12th Class to be distributed 10,000 Net books/Lap-tops under ‘Rajiv Gandhi Digital Yojana’.

• Vocational Training in 100 more Government Senior Secondary Schools to be extended and 200 Vocational Teachers to be appointed.

• Extension of Two Years in Service to be given to the National Awardee Teachers. One Additional Increment also to be given to them in lieu of Cash Prize.

• One exclusive College for Fine Arts to be opened to promote Visual & Fine Arts.

• Existing ITIs to have additional Demand Driven and Employment Oriented Trades and ITIs at Nalagarh in Solan and Baroh in Kangra to be upgraded as Model ITIs.

• 10 new State of the Art ITIs with related trades and 400 student intake capacity to be opened.

• Only 50 per cent Stamp Duty to be charged from entrepreneurs establishing new ITIs on the private land in Tribal & Hard Areas/Backward Panchayats. Building Grant of Rs. 10 Lakh to be provided to them after starting ITI.

• Regional Vocational Training Institute for Women to be opened at Jhundla in District Shimla.

• HP State Skill Development Corporation to be constituted.

• A Skill Development Institute to be opened for Skill Up-gradation of Construction Workers.

• 8,000 Rural Youth of BPL Category under NRLM and 5,000 Urban Poor under NULM to be equipped with appropriate Skills.

• A budget outlay of Rs. 100 Crore proposed for Skill Development Allowance.

• Indoor Auditoriums for cultural events to be constructed at district headquarters, where such facility does not exist. Rs. 25 Crore budget proposed for the purpose.

• Multi-purpose Indoor Sports Complex to be constructed in district headquarters, where there is no such facility. Rs. 35 Crore budget proposed for the purpose.

• Annual Grant to Youth Clubs to be enhanced to Rs. 20 Thousand.

• All the Accredited and Recognised Journalists to be covered under Group Accident Insurance up to Rs. 5 Lakh and Rs. 3 Lakh respectively.

• Rs. 1 Crore proposed for Construction of Press Clubs.

• All India Institute of Medical Sciences to be established in Bilaspur. 3 Medical Colleges to be established at Nahan, Chamba and Hamirpur at a cost of Rs. 189 Crore each.

• A Super Speciality Block for Tertiary Care Services to be constructed in IGMC at a cost of Rs. 150 Crore.

• Burn units to be established in all district hospitals in a phased manner.

• A pilot Tele-Medicine Project in PPP Mode to be launched in CH Keylong and Kaza and 25 CHCs of Sirmour and Chamba districts and CHC Dodra-Kawar.

• 7,750 Asha Workers to be placed in villages after training.

• 200 posts of Doctors and 500 posts of Para-Medicals to be filled up.

• Blood Sugar Testing facility to be provided at Health Sub-Centre level.

• Geriatric Wards to be started in all district hospitals.

• ‘Mukhya Mantri State Health Care Scheme’ to be launched for Treatment of Basic and Critical Ailments of Ekal Naaris and Senior Citizens above 80 years not covered under RSBY or any medical reimbursement scheme.

• Study on Hill Towns through PPP Mode. Moreover, Solid Waste Management to be taken up on pilot basis in Sunder Nagar and Dharamshala Clusters in collaboration with Government of Netherlands.

• Rs. 30 Crore to be provided for execution of Sewerage Schemes in Urban/Semi-Urban areas.

• Urban Local Bodies developing Parking Lots/Facilities to be supported by providing 50 per cent of the Project Cost for which budget provision of ` 15 Crore proposed.

• Circular/Cart Road in Shimla to be widened.

• Additional Grant of Rs. 3 Crore to be provided to MC Shimla for developing Infrastructure for Specific Schemes in the Merged Areas.

• Mixed Land Use to be promoted in all Planning Areas.

• A new Housing Scheme-‘Land Owners become Partners in development with HIMUDA’ to be launched.

• Financial assistance of Rs. 2,500 provided to Women for Self-Employment to be enhanced to Rs. 5,000.

• System of tracking of pregnancy through Anganwari Workers, Asha Workers and village level Monitoring Support Committees to be institutionalised to check female foeticide.

• Girls belonging to the families having up to two daughters without any male issue to be given preference in the Appointment as Anganwari Workers/Helpers.

• Free Medical Facilities to all girl child up to the age of 6 years.

• Scholarship per girl child from 1st to +2 standard under ‘Beti Hai Anmol Yojana’ to be enhanced by 50 per cent.

• Couples adopting permanent family planning after single girl child to get enhanced incentive of Rs. 35,000 and couples adopting permanent family planning after two girls, to get enhanced incentive of Rs. 25,000.

• Government to bear expenditure on further studies in Government Institutions in respect of Girls Leaving Children Homes.

• Social Security Pension of Old Age, Disabled and Widows to be enhanced to Rs. 600 per month. Persons with Disabilities of more than 70 per cent and Senior Citizens above 80 years to get Rs. 1,100 per month as Pension.

• Integrated Scheme for Older Persons to improve their quality of life to be revamped.

• The Aid under Follow-up Programme for the Purchase of Sewing Machine by Women to be enhanced from Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 1,800.

• A Corpus Fund to be set up with Government contribution of Rs. 2 Crore for Development of Minorities.

• All Bonafide Himachalis qualifying UPSC Preliminary Examination for Civil Services to get Coaching Assistance of Rs. 30 Thousand per candidate.

• Financial Assistance to 2nd World War Veterans to be increased from Rs. 2 Thousand to Rs. 3 Thousand.

• A budget of Rs. 3 Crore for the State War Museum at Dharamshala.

• Rs. 2 Crore to be provided for repairs of Sainik Rest Houses.

• All Police Posts to be designated as Subordinate Police Stations enabling them to register FIRs.

• A State of the Art Centre for Cyber Security Investigations and Innovations to be established.

• 2 more Women Police Stations to be opened.

• One Voice Analysis and One Digital Forensic Division to be created in State Forensic Science Laboratory.

• Remuneration to Home Guards to be enhanced from Rs. 260 to Rs. 280 per day.

• Three more Fire Posts to be opened at Ghumarwin, Sarkaghat and Sunni.

• 6 additional Post/Courts of Mobile Traffic Magistrates to be created.

• 5,000 functional posts of different Departments to be filled up.

• 7 per cent Dearness Allowance & Dearness Relief to the State Government Employees/Pensioners to be released with the salary of April, 2015.

• Income Limit for Compassionate Employment to be raised to Rs. 1.50 Lakh per annum.

• Daily Wage increased from Rs. 170 to Rs. 180.

• Daily Wagers completing seven years of service as on 31st March, 2015 to be regularised.

• Part-Timers completing 8 years of service as on 31st March, 2015 to be made Daily Wagers.

• Honorarium of Part-Time Water Carriers increased from Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 1,700 per month.

• Contract Employees completing five years of service as on 31st March, 2015 to be regularised.

• Maternity Leave to the Contractual Female Employees to be increased from 112 days to 135 days.

• Daily Wager, Part-Time Workers, Aanganwari Workers/ Helpers and Mid-Day Meal Workers to be covered under ‘Mukhya Mantri State Health Care Scheme’.

• Additional Budget provision of ` 30 Crore for Construction of New Government Residences and` 15 Crore for Repair of Government Residential Houses.

• Rs. 20 Crore to be provided for Police Housing.

• Pension Scheme for MGNREGA Workers, Agriculture and Horticulture Labourers, Shop Workers, Other Workers in the Unorganised Sector.

• The Budget for 2015-16 proposed for Rs. 28,339 Crore.

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Kasauli Shootout: IPS Mohit Chawla with 4 other officials suspended, 9 others charge-sheeted

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Solan: The Himachal Pradesh Government has today suspended five officials including the then Superintendent of Police, Solan, with immediate effect as a disciplinary action against them for displaying negligent, unprofessional, and unconcerned attitude while discharging their duties in Kasauli firing incident. The suspensions came on the recommendation of inquiry report submitted by Divisional Commissioner, Shimla.

Along with Mohit Chawla, Ramesh Sharma, the then SDPO Parwanoo, Jagpal Singh, Naib Tehsildar, Kasauli,  Madan Singh SHO Dharampur and Dalip Singh SHO Kasauli were also suspended. 

An action is being initiated against Mohit Chawala IPS under all India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969.

The Government is also initiating disciplinary action against nine more officials under CCS (CCA) Rules, 1965 and action will be taken accordingly. These include HC Nagender PP Sairy, HHC Hem Raj PS Darlaghat, Constable Sanjeev PS Dharampur, Constable Sunil PS Dharmpur, L.C. Champa PS Dharampur, LC Usha PS Dharampur, LC Sharda, PS Dharampur, Constable Ishwar PL Solan and Constable Narinder PL Solan.

On May 1, 208, a guest house owner in Kasauli area of Solan district had shot dead an Assistant Planner of the State Town and Country Planning Department, Shail Bala, and injured a worker of the HP PWD, who later died at the hospital. 

The victims were part of the team that had reached the Naryani Guest House to conduct demolition of the illegally constructed building as directed by the Supreme  Court of India on April 17, 2018.

The accused Vijay Singh had fled the spot despite the presence of heavy and armed police officials. He was later arrested on a tip-off from the family

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HP Cabinet Decisions May 2018: Govt to fill up 333 posts in HP NHM, relax conditions for full pension, launch 2 schemes

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting, held on today on May 24, 2018, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, decided to give its approval to relax the condition prospectively for grant of full pension on completion of 33 years of qualifying service to all class-III and class-IV government employees who seek voluntary/premature retirement by modifying the notification issued by Finance Department on November 11, 2014.

Earlier, the State Government vide notification referred above has inserted a provision that the Government employees seeking voluntary/premature retirement in their own interest and have rendered minimum service of 20 years but less than 33 years shall be entitled to pro-rata pension against 33 years. Meaning thereby, such government employees shall be entitled to get a full pension only on completion of 33 years of qualifying service.

It also gave nod to the draft notification of ‘Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojana- 2018.  The scheme, the Government claimed, would promote self-employment opportunities in the State and provide livelihood to local youth by encouraging local entrepreneurship.

 It also decided to launch ‘Himachal Grihni Suvidha Yojna’ for women empowerment and environmental conservation in the State. Under this scheme, the State Government would provide security for LPG connections and Gas Stove to remaining households which were not covered under ‘Ujjawala’ Scheme being run by the Central Government.

Jobs in Various HP Government Departments

The Government would fill up 333 posts of different categories on contract basis in National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh.  Other than this, it was decided to fill up following posts in various departments:

  • 38 posts of teaching staff to man some of the educational institutions
  • 15 vacant posts of staff nurses in Kamla Nehru Mother and Child State Hospital, Shimla
  • 10 posts of drivers in Agriculture Department on a daily wage basis
  • 7 posts of Welfare Organizers in Sainik Welfare Department on a contract basis
  • 6 posts of Manual Assistant in Weight and Measure Organization of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis through direct recruitment
  • 7 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Scheduled Caste, Other Backwards Classes, Minorities and Specially Abled Empowerment Department through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur on a contract basis
  • 4 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis through direct recruitment in Electrical Inspectorate of MPP and Power Department
  • 5 posts of various categories in Panchayati Raj Department to man the Camp Office at Thunag in Home Constituency of the Chief Minister
  • One post pharmacist each and one post class-IV employee each in Primary Health Centres at Buhar, Marotan, Gahgori, Guru Ka Lahaur, Malyawar and Rishikesh in Bilaspur district and PHC Chakmoh in Hamirpur district

Regarding Education/Schools 

The annual scholarship under ‘Dr. Ambedkar Medhavi Chhatravriti Yojna’ has been increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12000. It also increased the number of students eligible for this scholarship in Class XI and XII from 2000 to 2500.

The Government has decided to fill up posts to match the need of some school, which were upgraded in the meeting. These institutes include Government Middle School, Jhudowal in Una district that was upgraded to Government High School and Government Middle Schools Piplagaloo, Naun, Janjhar and Burahta in Mandi district which were also upgraded to Government High Schools. It also decided to upgrade Government High School Tarour in Mandi district to Government Senior Secondary School, Government High Schools, Churdi and Sasan in Una district to Senior Secondary Schools.

Regarding HP Panchayati Raj Institutions

The Cabinet gave its approval to increase the honorarium of the following office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State:

  • For Chairman Zila Parishad from Rs. 8000 to Rs. 11000
  • For Vice Chairman of Zila Parishad from Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7500
  • For Member Zila Parishad from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
  • For Chairman Panchayat Samiti from 5,000 to Rs. 6500
  • For Vice Chairman, Panchayat Samiti from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
  • For Member Panchayat Samiti from 3000 to Rs. 4000,
  • For Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000
  • For Up Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 2200 to Rs. 2500

Similarly, meeting allowance of member Gram Panchayat has been enhanced to Rs. 240 per meeting from existing Rs. 225 with maximum two meetings in a month.

Regarding Anganwari Workers/Helpers

The Government has enhanced State share of the honorarium of anganwari workers from Rs. 1450 to Rs. 1750, anganwari helpers from Rs. 600 to Rs.900 and mini anganwari workers from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1050 per month.

With this enhancement, now the anganwari workers will get an honorarium of Rs. 4750, anganwari helpers will get Rs. 2400 and mini anganwari workers will receive an honorarium of Rs. 3300 per month.

Related to Power

The Cabinet while reviewing the departmental working of MPP and Power Department decided to make electricity complaint system more effective, especially the installation of new connections. It also stressed to bring distribution losses on zero basis. It also stressed to form quick action team at the divisional level.

It also emphasized the need for making arrangements of Solar cookers in Mid Day meal programme and anganwari centres.

It stressed the need to solve the problem of low voltage and inventory system should be adopted so that there is no shortage.

The Cabinet also decided to open Health Sub Centre at Gram Panchayat Tharu and upgrade Primary Health Centre Baroh to Community Health Centre in Kangra district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts to manage these health institutes.

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HP Govt’s Jan Manch programme for on spot grievance redressal to be launched on 26 May

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Shimla: Amid Himachal Pradesh Government’s miserable state of public grievance redressal services, the State Government informed here today that in order to bring more efficiency in administration and ensuring good governance, the Government will be organizing ‘ Jan Manch ‘ programmes across the state.

This programme will be launched from Peterhoff in Shimla at 11 am on May 26, 2018, in the State Level Function.

Jan Manch programmes will be organised in remote areas of every district where Ministers will be present along with officers of all departments. They will hear the problems of people and try to resolve issues on the spot, informed the Spokesman.

He said that the main objective of this programme is to bridge the gap between people and government and to redress the grievances of the people at their doorsteps.

He said it will reduce the labour and efforts of people of remote areas who travel long distances to reach district and state headquarters for getting various services.

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