HP Cabinet approves HP Heritage Tourism Policy, benefits for agriculturists, computer operators, panchayats
Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in a meeting held on October 4 took several decisions and approved several projects. People, especially the government employees were expecting some major relief as it was the last cabinet meeting before the code of conduct comes into force in wake of upcoming Vidhan Sabha Elections.
In the meeting, the cabinet approved the ‘Himachal Pradesh Heritage Tourism Policy’- 2017.
The policy is expected to help preserve the heritage buildings, forts, palaces, lodges, mansions etc. that possess historic lineage spanning from princely States to British Raj times.
The policy is expected to open new areas in the State for tourism activities like a glimpse of historical and cultural heritage of Himachal, first hand experiencing of lifestyles and traditions from the times of princely States and the architectural grandeur of British times.
Token Tax on Tractors Exempted
The Cabinet also decided to exempt the token tax on tractors used for agriculture purpose. Earlier, a person was required minimum one-hectare land in order to acquire a tractor for agriculture purpose. Now, the government has removed this condition and the recovery of arrears of token tax has also been stayed till further directions.
The Cabinet gave its approval to provide regular pay scale to 105 computer operators with effect from July 1, 2017. It will be applicable to candidates who have completed three years of their engagement under MNREGA till March 31, 2017, along-with allowances from MNREGA administrative contingency.
MNREGA for Rural Roads
The Cabinet decided to approve ‘Mukhya Mantri Rural Road Repair Scheme’ under MNREGA for rural roads.
As per the Scheme, for renovation, the roads will be selected by the concerned Panchayats after gaining approval in the Gram Sabha.
The government expects the Scheme will offer employment to the village people along with improvement in the condition of the roads.
The Cabinet agreed to start PG classes in English and Commerce at Government College, Nerwa in district Shimla from academic session 2017-18.
It was decided to frame a policy for re-employment of motivators engaged in externally aided projects as Mid Himalayan watershed development Project.
Other Important Decisions
The Cabinet gave its approval to adopt standard staffing pattern/model organizational structure in Election Department as fixed by Election Commission of India.
The Devta Sahib Laxmi Narayan, Nogli Mela of Shimla was declared a state level fair.
The cabinet also approved the amendment in Recruitment and Promotion rules in IPH department to provide additional promotional quota to work inspectors.
About110 staff nurses will be appointed for Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba and 13 more staff nurses in health department.
The Cabinet gave its nod to upgrade 24 Sub Centers 12 each in districts Kangra and Sirmaur as Health and Wellness Centers on pilot basis through Hindustan Latex Ltd.
The Cabinet decided to create one post of Deputy Drug Controller in Health and Family Welfare department.