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HP Cabinet Decisions Jan 2018: Nod to fell trees, saplings for four-laning, BBMB arrears settlement approved  

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The Raghunathji Temple, Sultanpur in district Kullu has been excluded from Schedule-I of Hindu Public Religious Institution and Charitable Endowment Act, 1984.

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in its meeting held today, gave approval for the settlement of arrears in Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) projects in compliance with the Supreme Court orders in terms of differential energy return.

The differential energy quantum of 13066 million units would fetch an amount of Rs. 3266 crore to the state at an average rate of Rs. 2.50 per unit, it said.

The government will also carry out negotiations with Punjab and Haryana for a return of the entire differential energy within a period of 10 to 12 years.

The cabinet also agreed for negotiation towards payment of a liability of Rs. 111.53 crore as computed by the Union of India in its affidavit in equal annual installments during the period of return of power.

In case Punjab and Haryana insist for repayment with interest, Himachal will go in for a return of the power with a premium of 6 percent and with no further additional liability for receiving this differential energy of 13066 million units.

The Cabinet approved the proposal of Punjab and Haryana to return of differential power during October 1 to March 31 owing to their constraints of paddy harvest season and also the requirement of Himachal Pradesh during winter months in the public interest.

As per the decision taken by the cabinet,  Rs. 29.310 crores are likely to be spent on the remaining work of widening and strengthening of the Theog-Kotkhai-Kharapathar road beside widening works of Kharapathar-Rohru road.

The Cabinet relaxed the ban imposed by the State Government on felling of trees and saplings in private land transferred/ acquired by the National Highways Authority of India for construction of four laning of NH-22 from Kandaghat to Kaithlighat

The Cabinet gave its approval to Governor’s address to be delivered in the first session of 13th H.P. Vidhan Sabha at Dharamshala from 9 January 2018.

The Cabinet reviewed the decision taken at the Cabinet meeting held on 5th August, 2017 regarding deletion of Rule-5 (1) of the Demobilized Armed Forces Personnel(Reservation of Vacancies in Himachal State Non Technical Services) Rules, 1972 and Rule -5 (1) of the Ex-Servicemen  (Reservation of Vacancies in HP Technical Services) Rules 1985 and decided to restore the benefits to the extent of fixation of pay in civil employment to the ex-servicemen. This decision will entitle them to monetary benefits.

The Raghunathji Temple, Sultanpur in district Kullu has been excluded from Schedule-I of Hindu Public Religious Institution and Charitable Endowment Act, 1984.

The government extended guarantee for loan taken from HUDCO for the housing project at Jathia Devi near Shimla Airport up to 28 February 2021.

The service of retired patwaris/kanungos engaged on contract basis will continue till the new batch of patwaris undergoing training is recruited.

A detailed presentation on state financial resources was also given in the cabinet by Secretary Finance.

The cabinet concluded that the reckless opening of government institutions during previous government has left several liabilities behind.

The 45th annual report of Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission will be presented from April 1, 2015 to  March 31, 2016, in H.P. Vidhan Sabha.

The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up two posts of H.P. Police Service (Class-I, Gazetted) on regular basis through direct recruitment.

The meeting was presided over by the Chief Minister, Jairam Thakur.

 

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MIS for processing grade mangoes approved, would open 34 fruit collection centres: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has given approval for implementation of the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for Mango procurement of processing grade mangoes in the State during the year 2018.

Under the scheme, 250 metric tonne fruit of seedling, 200 metric tonnes of grafted and 50 metric tonnes of unripe Achari varieties of mangoes will be procured at the rate of Rs. 6.00 per kg Rs. 7.00 per kg. and Rs. 6.00 per kg. respectively.

A Spokesman of the State Government today said that procurement would be done through HPMC and HIMFED in crates and these agencies would be allowed handling charges at Rs. 1.30 per kg. Like the previous year, average sale returns from the fruits have been assessed as Rs. 2000, Rs. 3000, Rs. 2000 per metric tonnes for fruits of seedling, grafted and unripe Achari mango varieties respectively.

He said that 34 fruit collection centres will be opened under the scheme for which HPMC and HIMFED would coordinate on the basis of procurement data for the last three to five years.

These centres would be opened by the procurement agencies in case of need and would be manned and operative by HPMC and HIMFED with their own staff.

Under the scheme, 2.5% extra fruit (by weight) will be procured from those farmers/orchardists who possess horticulture cards and who own ten bighas or less land under mango cultivation. As such, no fruit would be procured from the contractors.

He said that this scheme would be implemented in the State with immediate effect till August 15, 2018.

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Industrial units seeking expansion will have to employ 80% Himachalis: Govt

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government today said it has made amendments in the provisions of Rules regarding grant of incentives, concession, and facilities to the industrial units of the state.

As per the new notification of the State government, all existing industrial units (as on April 1, 2018) set up in the state which seek to undertake expansion will have to employ at least 80 percent bonafide Himachalis, informed a spokesperson of the Industries department.

The hiring could be undertaken on regular/contractual/Sub-contractual/daily basis or any other mode of employment including the persons hired through a contractor or through outsourcing agencies against the additional manpower which may be generated as a result of the substantial expansion, it was informed.

This condition would also apply to the new units to be established in the State after 1 April 2018.

Only those industries, which undertake substantial expansion, have to abide by this Rule. Hence, the existing industries, which are not going to undertake substantial expansion, are not bound by the amended/notified provision of this Rule.

He said there is no shortage of trained technical manpower in the State now, therefore, the condition of 80 percent employment of Himachalis has been incorporated in the Rules.

There are around 250 ITIs, 30 Polytechnics Institutes and around 40 Engineering Colleges and Universities in the State and thousands of technically qualified persons are completing their courses and coming out from these institutes in search of jobs.

New trades as per the demand of the industries are also being included in the courses of ITIs, Polytechnics and Engineering Colleges, the spokesperson said.

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Rs. 423 crore HP Mushroom Development project will help in women empowerment: Govt

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Shimla:
The Indian Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has approved Rs. 1131.87 crore projects for Himachal Pradesh.

These include Rs. 708.87 crore for Water Conservation Project for the Department of Irrigation and Public Health and Rs. 423 crore Himachal Pradesh Integrated Mushroom Development project for the Department of Horticulture.

As per the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, an Rs. 423 crore integrated mushroom development project would help to double the income of farmers and provide employment and self-employment opportunities to youth.

The government also expects the project would boost mushroom cultivation in the State. All varieties of mushroom would be cultivated under the project besides importing technical knowledge for cultivating mushroom, which would give a fillip in increasing the income of the farmers, said the government.

The Chief Minister said that this project would also provide an opportunity to the growers of the state to diversify their farming pattern and go for viable and profitable farming avocation.

The mushroom cultivation would also help in women empowerment as more and more women would be motivated to go for mushroom cultivation for increasing their income, thereby making them self-dependent since mushroom cultivation is an indoor activity.

He said the demand for mushrooms is increasing within the state as well as outside the state including export, and it offers better prospects for enterprising growers to take up cultivation on large scale. He announced that modern infrastructure will be developed under the proposed project for controlled cultivation of mushroom round the year.

Further, it was informed that the first phase of the Rs. 4751.24 crore water conservation project worth Rs 708.87 crore will include construction of check dams, ponds, Kuhl’s and other water harvesting structures.

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