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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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Will deliver Rs. 1351 crore Bilaspur AIIMS in 2 years: CM Jairam

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Bilaspur AIIMS Construction Progress

 Bilaspur-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda performed the ground-breaking ceremony (Bhoomi Pujan) of AIIMS at Kothipura in Bilaspur district today.

Jai Ram Thakur said that this Rs. 1351 crore AIIMS would be completed within a period of two years and would have a bed capacity of 750 beds, out of which 300 beds would be for super speciality. There would be 100 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats in the institute.

He blamed the previous State Government of causing an unnecessary delay in transferring the land for this institution.

Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that the institute would have Affordable Medicine and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets and Jan Aushadhi Kendra where medicine would be provided at highly discounted rates to the poor and needy.

He informed that the project would be executed by NBCC Ltd. and would have 15 operation theatres and 20 speciality and super speciality departments.  In addition, it would also have an AYUSH Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional system of medicine.

Further, the Chief Minister announced shifting of PWD Division Number-II from Bilaspur to Kothipura, besides shifting Division Number -II of Shri Naina Devi Ji.

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Nauni Varsity Admissions Open for Diploma in Fruit, Vegetable Processing & Bakery products

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Nauni varsity admissions for diploma

Solan-The Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has invited applications for its one-year Diploma in Fruit and Vegetable Processing and Bakery products. The diploma will be run by the Department of Food Science and Technology of the university.

This year, the university has also reduced the fee charged for the diploma to Rs 5000. Earlier, the fee for this diploma was Rs 20,000. The decision was taken to ensure that more and more people can apply for the programme.

In addition, the programme has also been linked to the Skill Development Allowance scheme of the Government of Himachal Pradesh. Any person enrolled in the programme can also apply for this allowance.

The minimum educational qualification for this diploma programme is Class 10+2 with at least 40 per cent with no age cap for admission. The last date of application is 17 January 2019 and the counselling will be held on 19 January.

A total of 35 seats are available in the programme. Prospectus and application form can be downloaded from the university website(www.yspuniversity.ac.in).

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234 Ambulance Roads in Shimla City Declared ‘No Parking Zones’, Parking woes to Intensify

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List of ambulance roads in Shimla City declared no parking zones

Shimla- The parking woes have intensified in Shimla City as the District Magistrate of Shimla, Amit Kashyap, issued an official notification on December 19, 2018, in which 234 ambulance roads in Shimla city were declared as “No Parking Zones.

As per the notification, based on the report received from the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, it was found that the residents, as well as outsiders, had turned link roads into unauthorized parking spaces, which results into huge traffic jam and inconvenience to the smooth passage of ambulances carrying patients along with the general the public.

Therefore, the District Magistrate declared all the following 234 ambulance roads as “No Parking Zones”:


He said the decision was taken keeping in view the necessity of smooth flow of traffic and passage to ambulances on ambulance roads in Shimla City.

As per the notification, the matter was highlighted as the local residents of the Middle Cemetery, upper Gahan, Bhatttakufar, Dhingu Bawari, Frud, Lower Gahan, and Nerridhar had requested to declare the ambulance roads leading from Dhigu Bawari to Lower Gahan and From PWD Workshop Bhattakuffer to Jai Moti Bhawan (Cemetary) as “No Parking Zone” as some of the people park their vehicles on these roads resulting in traffic jams and obstruct ambulances.

While the government has a policy to allow buying vehicles only if an applicant could provide evidence of having a parking space, there are a large number of cars which were either bought before the formation of this policy or are registered in other districts of the State.

A section of vehicle owners have expressed unrest against this decision and argued that it was not fair, as the government did not provide sufficient authorized parking spaces in localities.

Having a personal parking space doesn’t matter as soon as an individual drives to other parts of the city. Sufficient parking spaces based on the required capacity of a particular Ward or locality are needed to fix this problem, and it is apparently the government’s job

said a resident of Khalini, Shimla.

On the other hand, the majority of the general public has supported the decision expecting that it would make these roads more convenient and smoother for traffic.

However, the district police is likely to face a lot of resistance from local residents while ensuring compliance with the orders passed.

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