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Himachal lost Rs 120 cr due to Transport Dept’s apathy, Rs 98.35 crore pending collection since 1971-72: CAG

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SHIMLA- The state government has suffered a revenue loss of Rs 119.96 crore due to non-short-realisation and under assessment of token tax, special road tax, registration fee, permit fee, driving licence fee, penalties and composite fee under the National Permit Scheme in 227 cases by the State Transport Department.

Evasion of passenger and goods tax in 20 cases caused a revenue loss of Rs 60.81 crore while non/short-realisation and evasion of token tax and composite fee caused a loss of Rs 31.44 crore in 99 cases as per the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for the year ending March 2015.

In 50 cases of non/short-realisation of Special Roads Tax, the audit teams detected short-non-realisation of Rs 24.30 crore and the department accepted under-assessment and other deficiencies of Rs 26.34 crore in 349 cases and said Rs 6.06 crore had been realised in 291 cases.

The report further pointed out that arrears amounting to Rs 98.35 crore were pending collection since 1971-72. The department supplied information about only 18 out 69 cases and out of this taxes amounting to Rs 30.91 crore were pending recovery for more than five years.

Special Road Tax (SRT) amounting to Rs 20.47 crore was payable by the Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation from April 2013 to March 2014 and Rs 91.15 lakh in 167 cases was recoverable from the private state carriage (PSC) as on March 2015, which was neither being deposited by the HRTC and owners of the PSCs nor demanded by the department, resulting in non-recovery of SRT of Rs 21.38 crore.

The report said token tax and entry tax amounting to Rs 17.73 crore in respect of 22,527 vehicles for 2010-11 to 2013-14 was neither demanded by the department nor paid by these vehicle owners.

Additional goods tax of Rs 59.90 crore was neither paid by two cement companies which had transported limestone and shale from mining areas to cement plants for manufacturing of cement and clinker, nor was it demanded by the department, resulting in evasion of revenue and caused loss to that extent.

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

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The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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