HP Economic Survey 2017-18: State recorded 6.3% growth rate, 1, 58,462 per capita income
Shimla: The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today presented the Economic Survey 2017-18 of Himachal Pradesh in the Vidhan Sabha. The HP Economic and Statistics Department has prepared this document.
The Growth rate of the Pradesh for the current financial year 2017-18 has been estimated at 6.3%. Per Capita Income is estimated at `1, 58,462, he said.
The GSDP of State at current prices in 2016-17 increased to `1,24,236 crore from `1,13,355 crore in 2015-16 and as per advance estimates it is likely to be about `1,35,914 crore in 2017-18.
The growth rate of the state for the last three years is below the national growth rate, he informed.
He informed that the Swachh Bharat Mission is being implemented in all the 12 districts of the State. Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme total 156.54 lakh man-days have been generated and employment has been provided to 4,32,005 households, he further added.
List of HP Economic Survey 2017-18 highlights
- 2,144 Bank branches are functioning in the State as on 30.09.2017
- The Credit Deposit Ratio of Pradesh is 44.60
- The average population per branch in the State comes to 3,202 against the National level of 11,000
- The total revenue of `4,613.15 crores have been mobilised upto December, 2017
- During December 2016 to December 2017, the All India Wholesale Price Index shows an inflation rate of 3.6%.
- The Consumer Price Index for Himachal Pradesh increased by 5.3% in December 2017
- There are 18,38,036 ration card holders which are being provided with essential commodities through 4,922 fair price shops
- There are 152 Gas agencies, 386 Petrol pumps and 25 wholesale kerosene oil dealers working in the state
- The Agriculture sector in the State generates about 10% of the total Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP)
- 43 percent of Kisan credit cards have been disbursed to farmers by banks.
- During the year 2016-17, the anticipated foodgrain production is 17.45 lakh MT against the achieved production of 16.34 lakh MT during the year 2015-16, thus registered an increase of 6.8 percent. For 2017-18 the target is 16.45 lakh MT
- Fruit production was 5.00 lakh tonne in 2017-18 (up to Dec., 2017) against 6.12 lakh tonne in 2016-17. Apple constitutes about 85% of total fruit production. During 2017-18 (up to Dec., 2017) 4.28 lakh tonne of apple were produced against 4.68 lakh tonne in 2016-17
- Under Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) 36 blocks for Apple, 41 blocks for Mango, 15 blocks for Kinnow, 13 blocks for Plum and 5 blocks of peach have been covered
- During the year 2016-17, One State Level Hospital, One Zonal Hospital, 397 Veterinary Hospitals, 1,772 Veterinary Dispensaries, 30 Central Veterinary Dispensaries 9 Polyclinics and 6 Veterinary check posts provide veterinary aid in the State
- 60 percent subsidy on good quality Rams are being provided to the sheep breeders
- `1.00 has been increased in milk procurement rates w.e.f. 1.04.2017 which will benefit 42,350 families
- About 6,098 fishermen in the Pradesh depend directly on fisheries for their livelihood
- 35,668 hand pumps have been installed up to March 2017.
- There are 622 medium and large scale industries and about 45,597 small-scale industries presently working in the State
- The minimum wages for the unskilled category of workers have been increased to ` 210 per day from ` 200.
- There are 8,34,714 applicants registered in the State employment exchanges as on 31.12.2017
- Out of the total assessed hydel potential of 27,436 MW, only 10,519 MW has been harnessed up to Dec. 2017 by various agencies, which is 38.34% of the total potential
- The total road length was 37,158 kms. in the State as on 31.12.2017 and 10,241 villages were connected with roads
- HRTC has a fleet strength of 3,254 buses plying on 2,693 routes covering a distance of 6.14 lakh Km per day
- There are 63 operational helipads in the State
- 196.02 lakh tourist visited Himachal Pradesh during the year 2017 which is 2.9 times of its population
- During the year 10,751 Primary Schools, 2,103 Middle Schools, 922 High Schools, 1,836 Senior Secondary Schools and 137 Degree Colleges were functioning in the State
- The State Government is providing free textbooks to the students belonging to S.C., S.T., O.B.C. & B.P.L. families.
- Free education is being provided to girl students in the State up to University level including vocational and professional courses
- To improve the quality of education every possible step has been made under Sarv Sishka Abhiyan
- To remove the gap in male-female literacy, girls hostel have been set up in the Educationally Backward Blocks
- Netbooks/laptops were provided to 10,260 meritorious students of 10th and 12th class
- The intake capacity of students in Technical Education at Degree level is 4,070 B-Pharmacy 858 Diploma level 7,837 and ITI’s/ITC’s 47,784
- Medical and Family Welfare Services are provided through a network of 85 Civil Hospitals, 91 Community Health Centres, 577 Primary Health Centres and 16 ESI and 2,085 Sub Centres etc. besides other Private Institutions
- Ayurvedic treatment is provided through 2 Regional Hospitals, 31 Hospitals and 1,175 Ayurvedic health centres, 3 Unani health centres and 14 Homeopathic health centres during 2017-18
- Under NRHM 95 health institutions are identified to provide 24 hours emergency services
- Under Social Security Schemes, the old age pension is given `700 per month to all the persons of 60 years or above but below 80 years, having individual annual income below `35,000 and the persons above 80 years pension is given `1,250 per month without any income criteria
- Under Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna the marriage grant of `40,000 has been given to the guardians of the destitute girls and 691 beneficiaries were covered
- Under Beti Hai Anmol Scheme 16,908 girls have been benefited
- Under National Rural Livelihood Mission assistance to 3,280 women, SHGs will be provided
- Under Lal Bahadur Shastri Kamgar Avam Shahari Ajivika Yojna an amount of `1.50 crore has been provided
- Under National Urban Livelihood Mission 260 self-help groups have been formed and 160 beneficiaries were provided skill training
- Under Rajiv Awas Yojna 846 Dwelling units will be constructed in the State
- On the basis of 2017 projected population, Aadhar card number of 75.73 lakh residents have been generated.
- For better and timely work, the State has implemented Service Guarantee Act. 183 services in 25 departments have been covered
- Public Service Delivery helpline has been set up for the people of the State
- Additional interim relief of 8 percent has been provided to government employees and pensioners w.e.f. 01.01.2016
- Under Smart City Mission, Municipal Corporation Shimla has also been approved by Government of India
- All persons above the age of 70 years and above will be provided old age pension.
HP Govt Employees to Get Higher Pay Scale on Completion of Two Years of Service: CM Jairam
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government employees working in different departments before January 3, 2022, would be given a higher scale at par with other employees on completion of two years tenure of regular service. A higher pay scale was also announced for the Junior Office Assistants (IT) on completion of two years of regular service.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur made these announcements during the Karamchari Maha Sammelan of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation at the hotel Peterhof on Sunday.
He appreciated the role played by the employee especially frontline workers in the battle against the pandemic.
He said most of the government employees in the state have been given revised pay scales and on average, every employee has got the benefit of a 12 to 15 percent salary hike. There has also been an increase in the pension of about 1.50 lakh pensioners of the state. The financial benefits of Rs. 7801 crore have been given to state government employees and pensioners from the year 2018 to 2022. The pensioners who retired before 2016 are getting the benefit of a 15 to 20 percent increase in the pension while around 40 thousand pensioners who retired after 2016 would be benefitted soon, he said.
He said the daily wages were Rs. 210 in the year 2017 which has been increased by the present state government to Rs. 350. Similarly, 12 per cent interim relief annually has been provided to government employees and pensioners during the present government’s tenure. He said the Himachal government has provided Dearness Allowance to its employees and pensioners on the lines of Punjab and Central governments from the due date. The Punjab government has given only 5 percent interim relief to the employees while the Himachal government has provided 21 percent interim relief to its employees.
“Out of the total interim relief amount given to the employees and pensioners amounting to about Rs. 6500 crore, Rs. 3500 crore has been paid during the tenure of our government” added the Chief Minister.
He said that the state government has increased the government contribution for NPS employees from 10 percent to 14 percent benefitting more than one lakh employees. The NPS employees are being given the benefits of retirement and death gratuity at par with employees falling under the old pension scheme. The government has also increased the upper limit of death gratuity from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
The Chief Minister said the state government has also increased the honorarium of para-workers working in various departments. The salary of outsource workers has been hiked by Rs 1,500 per month.
Non-Gazetted Employees Federation President Ashwani Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for providing various financial and other benefits to different categories of government employees.
Most Covid Restrictions to be Lifted From March 31, Mask and Hand Hygiene to Continue
New Delhi-The Centre has issued a notification to the States informing that the provisions of the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005 will not be invoked in the country after March 31. The Union Health Ministry said that the use of face masks and following hand hygiene will continue.
It implies that most of the Covid-related rules and restrictions would end.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued the notification which said that the decision was taken following the overall improvement in the situation and the preparedness of the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, local authorities and State police can still invoke fines and criminal cases against persons violating COVID-19 norms under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a senior government official said.
The DM Act was invoked on March 24, 2020, due to the pandemic
“Over the last seven weeks or so there has been a steep decline in the number of cases. The total caseload in the country stands at 23,913 only and the daily positivity rate has declined to 0.28%. It is also worth mentioning that with the combined efforts, a total of 181.56 Cr vaccine doses have been administered,” the notification said.
“I would like to mention that in view of the nature of the disease, we still need to remain watchful of the situation. Wherever any surge in the number of cases is observed, the States/UTs may consider taking prompt and proactive action at a local level, as advised by MoHFW (Health Ministry) from time to time,” the notification said.
The Indian government had issued various guidelines and measures for the first time on March 24, 2020, under the Disaster Management Act to curb the COVID-19 situation in the country, which have been modified several times thereafter.
India currently has 23,087 active COVID-19 cases and recorded 1,778 new cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has also declined to 0.28%.
HP Cabinet Decisions: Country Liquor Made Cheaper in New Excise Policy, Read All Decisions
Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on March 20, 2022, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The excise policy for the financial year 2022-23 was approved. Approval was also given for the renewal of retail excise vends in the state for the financial year 2022-23 at the renewal fees of 4% of the value of unit/vend.
The State Government said that wants to enhance the government revenue and curb the smuggling of country liquor from the neighbouring states by a reduction in its price.
The brands of Country Liquor will be cheaper as license fees have been reduced. This will help in providing good quality liquor at a cheaper rate to the consumers.
In the new excise policy, the 15% fixed quota of country liquor for manufacturers and bottlers to be supplied to the retail licensees has been abolished. According to the government, this step will give the retail licensees to lift their quota from the suppliers of their choice and further assure the supply of good quality country liquor at competitive prices. The MRP of country liquor will be cheaper by 16% of the existing price.
In this year’s policy, the Gaudhan Vikas Nidhi Fund has been enhanced by Re.1/- from the existing Rs.1.50 to Rs.2.50.
The fixed annual license fee of Bars has been rationalized by abolishing the area-specific slabs of license fee. Now throughout the State, there will be uniform license slabs based upon the room capacity in hotels.
Rates of the annual fixed license fee of Bars in the tribal areas has been reduced considerably.
Further, all the above stakeholders will have to install CCTV cameras at their establishments as it was made mandatory for them.
Wholesale vends and retail vends, the penalty provisions under the H.P. Excise Act, 2011 have been made more stringent.
An end to end online Excise Administration System would be established in Himachal Pradesh, the government said.
HP Government estimates a collection of Rs 2131 crore revenue during the year, which will be Rs. 264 crores higher than the financial year 2021-22 – growth of 14% in state excise revenues.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to amend Himachal Pradesh Disaster Relief Manual-2012 to include deaths due to biting of honey bees, hornet and wasps, accidental drowning and deaths due to accidents of vehicles (including land, water and air) under this Manual.
The Cabinet gave its approval for filling up 11 posts of ‘A’ Class Tehsildar in Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
HP State Toll Policy 2022-23
The HP Cabinet also gave its nod to HP State Toll Policy for the year 2022-23 which envisages auction cum tender for all the toll barriers in the State. During the year 2021-22, toll revenue has registered a growth of 20 percent of the previous year’s revenue.