HP Cabinet Meeting October 10, 2017

HP Govt cuts VAT on petrol/diesel, Nod to ‘bike ambulances’ in Shimla & Mobile Medical Units for 10 districts

Also decided to make suitable amendment in HP ceiling on Land Holding act to allow religious institutions availing exemption from the ceiling limit to sell, gift or dispose of the surplus land by any other means.

Shimla: As a little relief, the Himachal Pradesh Government has reduced the VAT on Petrol and diesel by one percent from existing tax rate. 

Himachal charges 27 per cent VAT on petrol and 16 percent on diesel. The government took this decision in another and perhaps the last cabinet meeting held on October 10, 2017, before the code of conduct comes into force. In Maharastra and Gujrat, the BJP-ruled government has announced a 4 percent VAT cut on petrol and diesel. 

In Maharastra and Gujrat, the BJP-ruled government has announced a 4 percent VAT cut on petrol and diesel. More states are likely to follow the suit. 

The cabinet also decided to make suitable amendment in the HP ceiling on Land Holding act to allow religious institutions availing exemption from the ceiling limit to sell, gift or dispose of the surplus land by any other means. It would be applicable only when the transfer is being done in the favour of an agriculturist as per the HP Tenancy and Law reforms Act.

Under the National Health Mission (NHM), the government plans to run Mobile Medical Units in 10 districts, except Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti.

Two ‘Bike Ambulances’ will also be run in Shimla town under the National Ambulance Service (108) on trial basis to reduce the response of time emergencies.

The Cabinet decided to make the State Human Rights Commission functional exclusively for Himachal. The government will fill up the post of the Chairman and Member of the Commission.

Justice (Retd) Jagdish Bhalla’s name has been recommended for Chairperson of the Commission and K.S Tomar, a retired Chairman of HP Public Service Commission, as the member.

Jobs

The Cabinet Decided to:

  • Fill 1 post of sub-editor and 4 posts of steno-typists in department of Information and Public Relations
  • Create 1 post of Registrar in High Court Registry
  • 1 post of Panchayat inspector in Panchayati Raj Department
  • 1 post each of Treasury officers in six remaining districts

Some of the other important decision included opening Sub-treasury at Darlaghat in Solan district and create five posts in Treasury, Accounts and Lottery department.

The Cabinet also decided to upgrade numerous Primary, Middle and High schools in Mandi and Kullu districts.

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