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HP Cabinet Decisions 2018: 200 jobs in Ayurveda, relief for liquor industry, probe against 2 gold refineries approved    

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Government held a meeting on February 26, 2018, and took several decisions including an investigation into previous government’s decisions. The meeting was presided over by the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

Inquiries ordered by HP Cabinet  

First of all, the Bhartiya Janata Party-led HP Govt scrapped the tax refund scheme for two Gold Refineries in the State along with ordering vigilance probe for apparent criminal conspiracy to defraud the State of legitimate tax dues.

As per the State government, the two refineries owe the State total Rs. 14,10,98,423 as a tax of Gold Refinery Units under H.P. Tax on entry of Goods into Local Area Act, 2010.

 The Cabinet also approved probe into the Incentive scheme for revival of sick industrial units in Himachal.

The third probe will be ordered against approvals accorded for the construction of Circuit House building at Chambaghat and Hospital building at Kandaghat in Solan district.

As per the new government, the previous Congress Government flouted the rules of business and official instructions by starting the work on these projects without the prior approval of Council of Ministers.

HP Govt Jobs 

The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up following posts:

  • 200 posts of ayurvedic medical officers in Ayurveda department on contract basis. Out of these 100 posts will be filled batch-wise, while remaining 100 through direct recruitment.
  • Ex-post-facto approval to fill up 12 posts of Civil Judge (Junior Division) through direct recruitment from Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
  • Approval to fill up five posts of Lab Technicians
  • 1 post of Superintendent Grade-II,
  • 1 post of Senior Assistant and 1 post of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Rajiv Gandhi Government Ayurvedic Hospital, Paprola
  • 2 posts of horticulture incharge and one post of assistant botanist in Ayurveda department.

HP Cabinet Excise Policy for 2018-119

The Cabinet gave its approval to Excise Policy 2018-19.  The government has decided to introduce the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) system on the sale of liquor (CL-Country Liquor and IMFL- Indian Made Foreign Liquor).

The government claimed the policy aims to balance the aspirations of citizens, consumers, manufacturers, suppliers, bottlers, wholesalers, retailers, and the Government. An emphasis has been given to streamline the supply of liquor from manufacturers to the wholesalers and to the retailers, it said.

As per the government, the policy will help Himachal to earn revenue of approximately Rs. 1552.88 crore for 2018-19, which will add Rs. 271.33 crores over the estimated revenue for the year 2017-18 with overall growth of 21.17 percent.

Other major decisions of excise policy include:

  • Conditions for securing source license have been liberalized
  • Numbers of excise levies have been reduced
  • The conditions for retailers regarding the unlifted Minimum Guaranteed Quota have been relaxed
  • Security amount fixed for the retailers at the time of allotment has been reduced from 18 % to 13 percent
  • Allotment of retail vends by a transparent draw of lots system this year
  • Approved policy for establishment of microbrewery for beer manufacturing in hotels, restaurants independently
  • For the establishment of microbrewery, government will reduce the import fee on ENA (a major raw material) and Beer
  • Rates will also be displayed in all the retail vends
  • INR 1/- will be collected and INR 2/- will be collected on the sale of every bottle of CL/IMFL which will be allocated towards the Ambulance Services Fund and Welfare of Local Bodies respectively
  • Wine producers in the Himachal will be allowed to sell their products directly to the retailers and bars.
  • Various excise levies were reduced substantially and transportation conditions have been relaxed, along with increasing the Import Duty on wines produced out of the State

Further, the Cabinet approved extension of guarantee support of State Government of Rs. 325 crore in favour of H.P. State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank Ltd. upto March 31, 2019, to facilitate loans to the farmers.

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Shimla Police nabs Nigerian man with 25 grams Chitta

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Shimla: With the assistance of the Delhi Police, the district police has arrested a Nigerian national Kra Basile for alleged involvement in drug peddling to Shimla.

A team led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla (City), Dinesh Sharma, also recovered 25 grams of Chitta (heroin) from his possession during questioning.

During the course of interrogation the said Nigerian National was trying to conceal something. On being suspicious of narcotics/ contraband, a search of the above person was conducted in the presence of DSP City. During the search, 25.46 gram Chitta (heroin) has been recovered from the possession of Nigerian National,

said the FIR registered at the Police Station, Dhalli, under Sections 21,29 of the ND&PS Act.

Related Story: Two Shimla youth held with 19 grams Chitta

As per the Sharma, the said accused is believed to be involved in supply to several parts of the district for some time. His name had appeared during the questioning from some local youth allegedly arrested with Chitta during past week, he said.

Following this lead, the police put his number on tracking, and a trap was laid to nab him by posing as a decoy customer.

It is expected that his interrogation would lead to more revelations and arrests of others linked with this network.

Also Read: Story of Shimla youth who started with smoking charas at 17, ended up in jail at 22 as drug peddler

The DSP Sharma and other staff members were cheering considering it a breakthrough amid heavy pressure from the public due to an alarming rise in involvment of youth in drug/substance abuse.

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15 lakh saplings planted in Himachal by 80,000 people in 3 days, claims Forest Minister

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15 lakh sapling planted in Himachal Pradesh on van mahotsav

Shimla: The Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur today said that three days statewide plantation campaign from 12 to 14 July 2018 was launched in the State and more than 15 lakh saplings were planted in different parts of the State.

He said that the campaign was undertaken in all 13 Forest Circles in the state and Forty-one Forest Divisions participated in the campaign. Plantations were performed at 600 sites of the state. Chamba Forest Division with 99,281 plants was at First position followed by Ani and Rampur Forest Divisions with 81,369 and 80,059 plants respectively.

More than six lakh deodar species were planted beside broad leave and other conifers. He said that the entire plantation campaign was monitored online.

He said that all walks of life including school children, women, senior citizen and youth comprising 80000 people actively participated in the campaign. Plantation activities were performed from the boundaries of the state in the north with Jammu and Kashmir to Yamuna River in south and Kinnaur district in the east to boundaries of the state with Punjab in the west, he added.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated state level Van Mahotsav on July 10 from Rajgargh in Sirmaur district. Governor Acharya Devvrat also participated in the campaign at Nehra in Shimla District on July 13 2018.

He said that plantation activities are still going on and it is expected that total 17 lakh plants will be planted by the end of the campaign.

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Gunfight in Naina Devi: One wanted criminal shot dead, 2 arrested

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Nainadevi encounter by punjab police

Bilaspur: Panic gripped the world famous Shakti Peeth Shri Naina Devi in Bilaspur district on Saturday morning due to a gun-fight between alleged gangsters and a team of the Punjab Police. While one of the criminals was shot dead in the cross firing, two others were arrested.

Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Police had sealed the entire area including the bus station and main entrance to the temple. The devotees also faced huged inconvenience due to it.

Some policemen were also injured in the gunfight, however, the police did not make any confirmation about the number of injured policemen.

Naina devi firing

Weapon recovered by the police

As per the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Kuldeep Singh, armed with a firearm, these men had allegedly snatched a car from a man in Mohali on the intervening night of 13 and 14 July.

After receiving the information, the police chased them upto Naina Devi where one of the criminals opened fire on the police, and police also responded with firearms.

Naina devi shooting

Area turned into police cantonment

During a cross firing between the police and the criminals. The Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Ashok Kumar also reached the spot and confirmed the incident.

The killed youth was identified as Sunni Masih while two others arrested were identified as Amanpreet and Goldy. Sunni was taken to the Aanandpur Sahib hospital where he died.

As per the police, the alleged criminals were wanted in several cases registered for theft and under the arms act in various police stations of Punjab.

The Himachal Pradesh police have registered a case under Section 307 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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