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HP Budget 2019-20 Highlights

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HP Budget 2019-20 Highlights

Shimla-Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday presented the Annual Budget for the Year 2019-20 in HP Vidhan Sabha.

As per the revised estimates for 2018-19, total revenue receipts are expected to be Rs. 31 thouand, 189 crore against the budget estimates of Rs. 30 thousand, 400 crore. Total revenue expenditure as per revised estimates for 2018-19 is expected to be Rs. 33 thousand, 408 crore against the budget estimates of Rs. 33 thousand, 568 crore. Thus the total revenue deficit is expected to be Rs. 2 thousand, 219 crore as per revised estimates, which is Rs. 949 crore less than the budget estimates for 2018-19. The fiscal deficit is expected to be Rs. 7 thousand, 786 crore as per the revised estimates for 2018-19 which is 5.14 percent of the Gross Budget Estimates 71 State Domestic Product. The fiscal deficit as percentage of GSDP was estimated at 5.16 percent in the budget estimates for 2018-19.

This deficit is expected to be covered by net borrowings of Rs. 4 thousand, 546 crore during 2018-19, which will be within the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM) approved limit.

During 2019-20, total revenue receipts are estimated at Rs. 33 thousand, 747 crore, whereas total revenue expenditure is estimated to be Rs. 36 thousand, 089 crore. Thus total revenue deficit is estimated at Rs. 2 thousand, 342 crore. Fiscal deficit is estimated to be Rs. 7 thousand, 352 crore which is 4.35 percent of the Gross State Domestic Product. The difference between the receipts and the expenditure will be made good through net borrowings, which are estimated at Rs. 5 thousand and 69 crore during 2019-20. These borrowings will be in accordance with the obligations under the FRBM Act.

Out of every hundred rupees to be spent by the Government, Rs. 27.84 will be spent on salaries, Rs. 15 on pension, Rs.10.25 on interest payment, Rs. 7.35 on loan repayment and Rs.39.56 will be spent on development works and other activities.

No new taxes have been proposed in the budget estimates for the year 2019-20.

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  • Nearly 20,000 functional posts will be filled-up.  New pay-scales will be granted after recommendations of the Punjab Pay Commission.  
  • The State Government’s contribution of 10 percent under NPS will be increased to 14 percent.  
  • Necessary changes will be made in the policy for giving employment on compassionate grounds.  
  • DA to employees and DR to pensioners at the rate of 4 percent will be given from 1st July, 2018.
  •  83 Class-IV employees who have completed 20 years of service and are already getting a grade pay of Rs.1,900 will be eligible for another increment
  • 10 percent reservation will be provided to the general category in employment and educational institutions.
  • The outlay for the Annual Plan 2019-20 will be Rs.7,100 crore.
  • The limit for posing projects to NABARD for funding MLA Priority Schemes will be increased to Rs.105 crore per Assembly Constituency.
  • Outlay under Vidhayak Kshetra Vikas Nidhi Yojna will be increased to Rs.1.50 crore per Assembly Constituency.
  •  The Discretionary Grant per MLA will be increased to Rs.8 lakh.  Hon’ble MLAs will be able to recommend sports material and equipment worth Rs.25, 000 per registered Yuvak Mandal out of Vidhayak Kshetra Vikas Nidhi Yojna.
  • This grant for Mahila Mandals will also be increased to Rs.25,000.  
  • An annual Loktantre Prehari Samman Rashi of Rs.11,000 will be given to the persons arrested under MISA during emergency.
  • 74 Additional 136 G2C Services will be automated and linked with e-District Portal.  State of Art Command and Control Centre will be setup in the State.
  • Mukhya Mantri Help Line will be established. MyGov portal will be started to establish contact between the Government and public.
  •  The State Government will supplement the Central Government’s “Ujjwala” Yojna by providing one free cylinder, gas stove and pipe from its own resources.  
  • One additional LPG refill cylinder will be provided free to the beneficiaries of Himachal Grihani Suvidha Yojna and Ujjwala Yojna.
  •  Barbed Wire and Chain Link will be provided at 50 percent subsidy under Mukhya Mantri Khet Sanrakshan Yojna.
  •  50 percent subsidy will be provided for purchasing Cows of indigenous breed to promote natural farming.  
  • Electricity charges being paid by farmers for irrigation will be reduced to 50 paisa per unit.  
  • A scheme “Doubling of Farmers’ Income through Water Conservation and other Activities” will be started with the assistance of Asian Development Bank.
  •  Nadaun Medium Irrigation Scheme will be completed and commissioned. Pace will be provided to execution 75 of Phina Singh Medium Irrigation Scheme.
  •  The execution of Swan River Flood Management Project and Chhonch Khad Channelization Project will be speeded up.  
  •  A scheme “Himachal Pradesh Flood and River Management Project” with the first phase costing Rs.1,235 crore and second phase costing Rs.1,850 crore will be started with external assistance.  
  • The compensation under “Mukhya Mantri Kisan Avam Khetihar Majdoor Jeevan Suraksha Yojna” will be doubled.  
  • A new “Mukhya Mantri Nutan Poly House Project” with a total cost of Rs.150 crore will be started.  
  • The outlay for Anti Hail Nets will be doubled to Rs.20 crore.
  •  “Mukhya Mantri Khumb Vikas Yojna” will be started.  
  • “Himachal Pradesh Sub Tropical Horticulture, Irrigation and Value Addition (SHIVA)” project with a total cost of Rs.1,688 will be started with external assistance.  
  • Breeding farm for Sahiwal and Red Sindhi Cows will be established with a total cost of Rs.11 crore and Embryo Transfer Technology will be used for their breeding.  
  • Goats will be provided at a subsidy of 85 percent to the farmers living below poverty line.
  • Sheep of improved breeds will be imported. A farm for Murrah buffaloes and Gokul Gram will be set-up.  
  • Additional processing capacity of 50,000 litre per day will be installed in Duttnagar and Chakkar Milk Processing Plant.
  • 76 Milk procurement price will be enhanced by Rs.2 per litre.  
  • 100 Trout Units and Carp Fish Ponds in 10 hectare will be constructed.
  • Retail fish outlets will be established in Kangra, Chamba and Shimla and Insurance cover will be provided to Trout units.
  •  Honorarium of elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions will be increased. Honorarium of Panchayat Chowkidar will be increased to Rs.4,500.
  •  Mukhya Mantri Gram Kaushal Yojna will be started.  
  • The State Government will provide uniform financial assistance of Rs.20,000 for house construction for the poor out of its own resources, in addition to assistance currently being provided, both in rural and urban areas.
  • The subsidy for repair of houses under “Mukhya Mantri Aawas Yojna” will be increased.
  •  A new scheme “Ek Buta Beti Ke Naam” will be started.  SMS based alert system will be started to fight forest fires.
  • 25 Small Scale Industries will be established using pine needles as raw material.  
  • A new “Mukhya Mantri Green Technology Transfer Scheme” will be started.  
  • Integrated Cooperative Development Project will be started in Una and Chamba Districts.
  • 250 Auditors will 77 be empanelled for undertaking audit of the Cooperative Societies.
  •  A grant of Rs.15,000 will be provided to the forest personnel in 200 sensitive beats for procuring arms.  
  • The honorarium to elected Members of the Urban Local Bodies will be increased.
  •  State Disaster Response Force will be setup.  500 habitations will be provided with safe drinking water supply.
  • “Mukhya Mantri Swajal Yojna” will be started to provide up to 50 metre of pipe at a subsidy of 50 percent to the weaker sections of the society.  
  • The honorarium of the Water Guards, Pump Fitters and Para Fitters in Irrigation and Public Health Department will be increased.
  • Functional posts in the department will be filled up on need basis.  
  • The Government will bring out a new Micro Small and Medium Industrial Policies.
  •  Global Investors Summit will be held in Dharamshala.  
  • The age limit and investment limit under “Mukhya Mantri Swablamban Yojna” will be increased.
  •  A new “Mukhya Mantri Dastkar Sahayata Yojna” will be started. 78  Industrial areas in Channour, Gehrwin and Basouli Bangarh will be set-up.
  •  Hydel Projects with an installed capacity of 500 MW will be commissioned.
  •  Execution of Chanju-3 and Deothal Chanju projects will be commenced.
  •  A new “Mukhya Mantri Roshni Yojna” will be started to help poor families getting electricity connection without payment of service charges.  
  • A subsidy of Rs.475 crore will be provided to HPSEB Ltd.  
  • A new tourism policy will be brought out and Master Plan for promoting Eco-Tourism will be prepared.  
  • Pong Area Development Board will be set up.  “Shiv Dham” will be established in Mandi district to attract tourists.
  •  Tourism Infrastructure Development Project with a cost of Rs.1,892 crore will be started with the assistance of an external funding agency.
  •  Rs.100 crore will be provided for “Kaushal Vikas Bhatta Yojna.”  
  • Integrated Public Transport Management System will be introduced in HRTC.  
  • A new electric vehicle policy will be brought out. 79  Non-conventional material and new technique approved by the Indian Road Congress will be used for construction and maintenance of roads on pilot basis.  
  • 750 kilometres new roads, culverts/small bridges on 850 kilometres of road length, 1,500 kilometres of tarred roads and 50 bridges will be constructed which will connect 50 new villages.  
  • Annual turnover limit for GST registration will be increased to Rs.40 lakh and composition turnover limit will be increased to Rs.1.50 crore.  
  • A mobile App and an online facility will be introduced to deposit CGCR, PGT and AGT.  
  • Video conference facility will be setup in schools.  15 new Atal Aadarsh Vidya Kendras will be started in various Assembly Constituencies.  
  • A new CV Raman Virtual Classrooms Yojna will be started.
  •  A new “Khel Se Swasthya” Yojna will be started in educational institutions.  
  • A new “Atal Nirmal Jal Yojna” will be started to provide water filters in schools.
  •  Skill Development assistance will be provided to disabled persons under a new scheme “Navdharana”.
  • 50 ITIs will be modernized which will enable intake of 5,500 additional students.
  •  Two large playgrounds with Gym facilities per Assembly Constitutency to be constructed under ‘Mukhya Mantri Yuva Nirman Yojna’.
  •  A new “Khel Kood Pratibha Khoj Karyakram” will be started.  
  • A new “Mukhya Mantri Kalakar Protsahan Yojna” will be started.  
  • Free Lap-Tops to be provided to State and district level accredited journalists.
  •  The financial assistance under “Patrakaar Kalyan Yojna” will be doubled.  
  • 500 Health Sub Centres and 125 Primary Health Centres will be upgraded to Health and Wellness Centres.  
  • 12 Health Institutions will be upgraded under “Sampuran Swasthya Yojna”.
  •  Cath Lab will be established in Lal Bahadur Shastri Medical College Mandi and Dr. Y.S. Parma Medical College, Nahan.
  •  Digital Subtraction Angiography Machine will be setup in IGMC, Shimla
  •  81 New SAHARA scheme to provide financial assistance to patients belonging to weaker sections of the society and suffering from serious ailments requiring prolonged treatment and after care.
  •  The diet allowance to the HIV-AIDS infected persons will be increased to Rs.1, 500 per month
  •  The assistance under “Janani Suraksha Yojna” will be increased to Rs.1, 100.  
  • Mobile Diagnostic Vans will be introduced to diagnose and prevent breast and cervical cancer.  
  • Honorarium of ASHA workers will be increased.  
  • Free Health Insurance cover under HIMCARE for MGNREGA workers, who have completed atleast 50 days of wage employment, and widows drawing social security pension.
  • Subsidised health insurance cover for outsourced employees.
  •   Widows less than 45 years of age will be assisted in upgrading their skills and getting employment.
  • Reservation in admissions in ITIs and Nursing Institutions will be provided to them.  
  • After Care Homes will be established for the orphans completing the age of 18 years.
  • They will also be provided training.  
  • Honorarium of the Anganwari workers, Mini Anganwari Workers and Anganwari helpers will be increased. 82.
  •  The social security pension of more than 5 lakh pensioners of the State will be increased.  
  • War Memorial will be constructed in Nurpur.  The financial assistance for undergoing SSB coaching will be increased to Rs.12,000.  
  • 100 police chowkis of the State will be designated as Reporting Police Chowkis so that FIRs can be registered in them.
  •  Head Constables will be authorized to investigate Excise Crime.
  •  Graduate Police Constable will also be authorized to investigate certain offences.
  •  “Yuva Navjeevan Board” will be setup to develop a coordinated strategy to deal with trafficking and consumption of narcotics.
  •  Five de-addiction and rehabilitation centres will also be established.  
  • 73 Many targets under the Sustainable Development Goals will be achieved by 2022 instead of 2030.  

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HP Statehood Day 2022: Relaxation in Electricity Charges, Third Option in New Pay scale, Higher Pay scale to Constables and other Announcements

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government, on the 52nd Statehood Day, has made several announcements. It announced 31 percent DA to employees, relaxation on electricity charges up to 60 units, enhancement of annual income for availing benefit of pensions and welfare schemes.

Benefits of higher scales would be provided immediately to all those constables who were eligible for higher scales. All the constables appointed after 2015 would be eligible for higher scale as per other categories of employees, the government announced.

The State Government announced that now while implementing the new pay scale, the employees would be given a third option besides two options already given to them. The State has recently implemented new pay scales for employees of the State Government. The state government said it felt that few disparities existed in the new pay scales of few categories.

Pensioners of the State Government would also be given pension as per the new pay scales of the Punjab government, the government announced.

The government also announced 31 per cent DA to all the employees of the State at par with the Central Government employees. Also, an increase in annual income for availing the benefits of various welfare schemes and pensions for the weaker sections of the society from existing Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000 was announced.

Now, the domestic consumers of the state whose electricity consumption is up to 60 units per month would not be charged any fee per electricity unit.  They would be incurred zero cost per unit of electricity consumed. With this decision, domestic consumers whose electricity consumption is up to 125 units, would be charged only one rupee per unit cost.  Over 11 lakh domestic consumers would be benefitted from this decision and the State government would incur an additional expenditure of Rs 60 crore on providing this relief, the government informed.

For the farmers in the state, the government announced to reduce the present per unit cost of electricity from 50 paise to 30 paise.  This benefit will be payable from April 2022.

Further, the HP Government said that in the year 1971, the per capita income of the state was only Rs 651 which has increased to Rs. 1,83,286, the GDP of the State has gone up from Rs 223 crore in 1971 to Rs 1,56,522 crore. The literacy rate of the State has gone up to 82.80 percent which was 23 percent in 1971. The agricultural production in the state has increased from 954 metric tons to 1500 metric tons and food grain production in 1971 was 9.40 lakh MT which has increased to 16.74 lakh MT, the state government said.

The state-level function of 52nd Statehood Day was celebrated at historic Thodo ground in Solan, where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur unfurled the Tricolor and took salute from the contingents of Police, IRB Jungalberi, Home Guards and, NCC girls etc.

The parade was commanded by DSP Pranav Chauhan.

The Chief Minister also honoured three war widows of Solan District including Dil Kumari Thapa, Savitri Devi and Nirmala Devi on this occasion. Head constable Sandeep Chandel was also felicitated by the Chief Minister who has been awarded Prime Ministers Police Medal for life-saving for the year 2018.  

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Covid Restrictions in Himachal Extended Till Jan 31st, State Reports 11 Deaths in 24 Hours

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Shimla-Covid-19 restrictions in Himachal Pradesh has been extended till January 31, 2022. Currently, the state is witnessing a sharp spike in daily Covid-19 cases and deaths. Today, despite a low sampling of 7896, the State reported 1766 new cases and 11 Covid-related deaths. During the last eight days,  the State has recorded over 50 deaths due to Covid-19.

The deceased included a 2-year-old female child too. Shimla district reported the highest five deaths. The Covid death toll in the state had risen to 3927 according to the latest update. But the State did not impose any new restrictions, like on the entry of visitors and curtailing capacity of public transport. Further, during the last 24 hours, Shimla, Solan, and Kangra districts reported more than 250 cases each. 

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 A notification in this regard was issued by the Government of Himachal Pradesh (Revenue Department – Disaster Management Cell) on Monday. 

“Taking note of the present situation of Covid-19 in the State, the restrictions announced on January 5th, 8th, 9th, and 13th will continue to remain in effect till 6 am of 31st January 2022,” the notification said.

Programs scheduled on the occasion of Himachal Pradesh Statehood Day ( 25th January) and Republic Day (26th January) would be held on the condition of 50% capacity of indoor/outdoor spaces.

The educational institutes, including ITI, polytechnic colleges, and coaching institutes, would remain closed. Online classes, however, would continue in schools.

With the ongoing surge in daily cases and deaths, more restrictions could be in stock.

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Mandi Hooch Case: Political Storm Over Arrest and Expulsion of Hamirpur Congress Leader

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Mandi-On Sunday, the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee expelled General Secretary of the Hamirpur District Congress Committee following his arrest from Chandigarh in alleged connection with the Mandi hooch case.

It’s pertinent to mention that last week seven persons had lost their lives in two days and eight others are still hospitalized due to consumption of spurious liquor in Salapar area of Sundernagar Tehsil, Mandi district. Following this tragedy, a police SIT was formed, various places were raided, seizures of incriminating materials were made, several persons were arrested. So far, the police have arrested 13 persons in this connection and more arrests could be made as the SIT unfolds layers of people involved.

Neeraj Thakur, who was said to have risen to a political leader from a salesman at a liquor shop, had created an empire for himself allegedly from the illicit trade of spurious liquor. The worth of his properties and assets is being assessed, but the initial reports suggested his assets were disproportionate to his income. Now every political leader he was in contact with is under the scanner of the police SIT.

Also Read: Mandi Hooch Case: HP Police Claim Bursting Large-Scale Illicit Liquor Trade, Nabs Kingpin

According to Superintendent of Police, Mandi, Shalini Agnihotri, on Sunday, police detained Praveen Thakur, who is a resident of Hamirpur, two persons, identified as Sunny and Pushpender of Uttar Pradesh, AK Tripathi of Jammu and Kashmir, and Sagar Saini of Delhi. The police have claimed that it has also apprehended the kingpin.

The state Congress chief and the opposition leader Mukesh Agnihotri who had been issuing statements holding the BJP government responsible for the Mandi hooch tragedy is on backfoot following the expulsion of Neeraj. At the same time, the failure of the state Excise and Taxation Department in checking this flourishing illicit trade of spurious liquor right under its nose is also evident.

State BJP general secretary Trilok Jamwal, State BJP spokesperson Baldev Tomar and co-media-in-charge Karan Nadda on Sunday issued statements referring to the expulsion of Neeraj as evidence that the Congress leaders were involved in, as well as, patron of liquor mafia in the State.

Further, with elections to the Shimla Municipal Corporation and elections to the state Assembly later this year, this issue has turned into a political storm.  

According to the SIT investigation, the illicit liquor factory was operating in Hamirpur District and raw materials were procured from both within and outside the State. The police said that Gaurav Manhas appears to be the kingpin of the illegal trade. Gaurav, with the assistance of Praveen, Pushpender and Sunny from UP, was running this illegal bottling plant at Hamirpur building owned by Praveen.

In addition, the DGP informed, Manu and Gagan were his partners in the bottling plant busted under the jurisdiction of Police Station Nalagarh. Gaurav has a strong network of distributors and supply chains for raw materials and finished liquor.

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