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



HP Cabinet Meeting October 10, 2017

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.


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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Himachal Weather Update: Yellow, Orange Alert for Plains and Middle Hills



Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department has predicted rain and snow in the state from 27th February to March 4, 2020.

Predicting heavy rain and snow, the Met has issued a yellow alert for plans/low hills on 28th and 29th February. For middle hills, an orange alert has been issued on 28th February. The Met has predicted widespread rain and snow in middle and high hills during these two days.

On 1st and 4th March, plains could witness rain and thundershowers at isolated places and the weather is likely to be dry on 2nd and 3rd March.

However, middle and high hills would continue to receive rain/snow at isolated places till 4th March without any break.

No warning has been issued for high hills. Change in weather is likely to affect minimum and maximum temperatures.

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Himachal Govt Gears up for NPR Updation, Census 2021




Shimla- Chief Secretary Anil Khachi on February 19, 2020, chaired one-day State Level Conference/training of Divisional Census Officers (DCO) and Principal Census Officers (PCO) of Himachal Pradesh on Census of India 2021 organised by Directorate of Census Operations Himachal Pradesh.

Chief Secretary asked to notify a nodal officer for Census 2020-21 at the district level for coordination of all Census related activities in the district. He also asked to appoint a Field Trainer at District level for all districts and their registration for technical assistance for operating Census Management and Monitoring System (CMMS), at the earliest. The appointment of enumerators and supervisors must also be adhered to, he added.

Director Census Operation, Dr Sushil Kapta informed that during Census 2021, all 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh including 73 Sub-Divisions, 172 Tehsils and Sub Tehsils and 20852 villages would be covered.

He said that 14,946 enumerators and 2532 Supervises would be involved Census 2021 in the state. He said that the exercise would take place in a phased manner. In phase one, the house listing and housing census operations and updation of National Population Register would take place on 16th May 2020 upto 30th June 2020.

In phase two, the population enumeration in general areas would take place from 9th to 28th February 2021. The revisional round would take place from 1st March to 5th March 2021. Also, in the second phase, the population enumeration in snow bound areas would take place from 11th to 30th September 2020 and the revisional round would begin from 1st October to 5th October 2020.

Deputy Director Census Operation, Dr Rajender Prasad gave detailed information on house listing and housing census schedules and its processes.

The Secretary, General Administrative Department (GAD) has been appointed as State Nodal Officer and Deputy Commissioners of all districts including Commissioners of Municipal Corporation, Shimla and Dharamshala have been appointed as Principal Census Officers for both rural and urban areas for the success of this exercise.

Secretary GAD Devesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioners and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.

Further, during the training, the Divisional Census Officers and Principal Census Officers were imparted training on the instruction manual for Houselisting & Housing Census and manual for National Population Register.

The Chief Secretary said that the objective of the training programme was to provide adequate exposure of the census exercise to the Divisional Census Officers and Principal Census Officers. He directed the DCO and PCO to complete the census operation in a befitting manner within the stipulated time frame. He directed the authorities to carry out the exercise with dedication and fidelity.

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School-Girl Allegedly Abducted, Gang-raped in BBN Hotel



gangrape in baddi solan

Solan-A school-girl was allegedly abducted by four men and gang-raped in a hotel in Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) – the industrial area of Solan district. The area is already infamous for a higher rate of crime in the state.

The alleged crime was committed a month ago. However, the girl remained silent during this time as she was afraid due to threats given by accused. It is now that the girl has spoken to her parents about the alleged crime.

As per the complaint filed by the parents of the victim to police, while she was on her way to school, four men dragged her into a vehicle where they threatened the girl with some weapons, took her to a hotel in Baddi and gang-raped her.

As per the complaint, the father of the victim told police that last month a fire broke out at their stockyard. A few days after the fire, the girl was allegedly abducted and gang-raped by four men who also told the girl that it was them who had set their stockyard on fire. Before letting her go, the accused threatened her that her parents would have to pay the price with their lives if she dared to speak to anyone regarding the alleged crime.

Superintendent of Police, Solan, Rohit Malpani, confirmed filing a complained under Section 363, 376, and 34 of IPC. Search is underway to identify and nab the accused, he informed.

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