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Debt ridden Himachal’s internal loan aggregated to Rs 10,752 crore in 2014-15: CAG

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Growth in capital expenditure has not kept pace with the steady growth of GSDP since 2010-11 onwards and has almost remained stagnated

SHIMLA- At a time when opposition BJP is attacking Congress government in Himachal Pradesh for throwing state into debt trap, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has revealed that during 2014-15, the state government’s total internal debt aggregated to Rs 10,752 crore. The government also received Rs 125 crore from the Centre as loans and advances, it added.

According to the report, 10 loans amounting to Rs 2,345 crore were raised from the open market at interest rates varying from 8.08% to 9.63%.

The same are redeemable in the year 2024-25. The state government raised Rs 444 crore from financial institutions and Rs 1,102 crore from the National Small Savings Fund (NSSF), the report said.

An amount of Rs 6,860 crore was obtained from Wage and Means Advances (Rs 4193 crore from Normal Ways and Means Advances and Rs 2667 crore Overdrafts ) from the Reserve Bank of India.

It further said that around 76% of the total revenue expenditure was incurred on committed expenses namely on Salaries and Wages (Rs 8418 crore), interest payment (Rs 2849 crore) and pensions (Rs 2914 crore) and subsidies (Rs 801 crore) which is the committed liability of the state government.

CAG report said that uncommitted revenue expenditure available for implementation of various schemes has decrease drastically during the year 2014-15. The total revenue expenditure increased by 42% from Rs 13946 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 19787 crore in 2014-15 and committed revenue expenditure increased by 52% over the same period.

Stating that capital expenditure is essential if the growth process is to be sustained, Report said that capital disbursements during 2014-15 amounting for Rs 2473 crore (3% of GSDP) were excess than Budget Estimates by Rs 521 crore (Excess disbursement of Rs 506 crore under plan expenditure and excess expenditure of Rs 15 crore under non-plan).

It added that growth in capital expenditure has not kept pace with the steady growth of GSDP since 2010-11 onwards and has almost remained stagnated.

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HIPA launches Online registration portal for trainees and to map digital literacy of officials handling online services

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HIPA Online Registration Portal for trainees

Shimla: On the 12th Civil Services Day, Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) today launched an online registration portal for registration and nomination of trainees.

The NIC has developed this portal for the Department of Training as the technical agency for facilitating the trainees.

HIPA has also developed an online registration platform for trainees to map digital literacy of the officials, who are handling the online services notified by the Department of Administration Reforms.

Other than this, an e-Newsletter named ‘Fairlawn Updates’ and the new issue of HIPA Journal were also released along with the compendium on RTI Act, 2005, and H.P. Public Services Guarantee Act – an initiative taken by the Department of Administration Reforms.

The digital services are expected to help departments to reduce footfall and deliver better services with transparency.

The Chief Minister, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the initiatives and also released the report on District Governance Indices, Department of Administrative Reforms.

jairam thakur releases hp district index

The report on H.P. District Governance Index 2017 has examined ten broad themes of governance, 26 focus subjects, and 82 specific variables to arrive at the findings, informed the Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Dr Purnima Chauhan.  

It will help in assessing the quality of governance in the districts through examination of the available data in about 50 aspects of governance and will be aggregated into a single scoring and ranking instrument, she further added.

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Himachal needs ropeways, sky buses, monorails as State has insufficient land: Govind Singh

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Shimla: Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur today participated in the meeting of Group of Ministers (Transport) held in Guwahati.

He presented the case of Himachal Pradesh on issues like taking preventive measures to check road accidents in hilly states, road safety, unification of taxes, provision of national permits for buses and uniformity in vehicle registration and driving license.

He said that despite tough topographical conditions, the state has been improving citizen services by use of modern technologies and special steps are being taken to minimize the road accidents.

 He said that considering the special conditions and insufficiency of land, there is need to develop alternative modes of transport like ropeways, sky buses etc. in Himachal.

 A Sub-Group was constituted under the chairmanship of Transport Minister of Assam Chander Mohan Patwari.

The Sub-Group would give its recommendations to the Group of Ministers in a stipulated time, which is not mentioned.

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Kangra: Miraculous escape for a family of 4 including 2 children

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Weird accident in Himachal PRadesh

Kangra: A storm yesterday hit some parts of Himachal Pradesh. However, in Kangra district’s Jwali constituency, it led to a horrid encounter which could have given a family of four including two children a gruesome death.

A couple with their two children was travelling in their Santro car when strong winds felled a Eucalyptus tree on the Jwali-Jasur road and fell on the moving car. As the car was in motion, the tree broke through the windshield to pierce through the car.  

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Pic: Punjab Kesari

The bewildering picture above describes the intensity of the impact.

However, in what can be said a miraculous event, only the husband, who was driving the car, sustained non-lethal injuries on the head while his wife and children were completely safe.

The injured was relieved from the Civil Hospital, Jwali, after receiving minor treatment.

The picture makes everyone wonder how it happened, and how all passengers survived it.

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