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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.

Read Highlights of HP Budget 2019-20

  • 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 University Offers Special Chance to Complete UG Degrees

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HPU Special Chance for UG Degrees

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh University on July 17, 2019, issued a notification offering special chance to complete BA/B.Sc/B.Com and Shashtri degrees to candidates who had enrolled for academic sessions between 2000 – 2012-13 but could not complete their course in the given time period.

Such candidates can avail this special chance by paying a fee of Rs 5000 per year. The examination will be held in March 2020 in accordance with the old syllabus (2012-13).

Similarly, the candidates, who had enrolled for academic sessions between 2000-2014, can avail this chance to complete their BCA/BBA degrees by paying a fee of Rs 20, 000 per year. The examination for these degrees will be held in September 2019 in accordance with the old syllabus (2013-14).

The notification was issued after a few amendments in decisions taken by the HPU Executive Council in its meeting held on May 31, 2019.       

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HP Cabinet Decisions July 2019: Nod to ‘HP Construction, Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy’ & ‘HP Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019’

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HP Cabinet Decisions July 2019

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held on July 16, 2019, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur

The cabinet has recommended the Governor to convene Monsoon session of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha from August 19 to August 31, 2019, with a total number of 11 sittings.

The Cabinet decided to provide State subsidy of 30 percent of system cost including installation of solar water heating systems of capacities 100 LPD and 200 LPD only to all the domestic consumers in the state.

HP Construction and Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy

It decided to frame Himachal Pradesh State Construction and Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy to avoid, minimise, reuse, recycle and dispose-off construction and demolition waste and avoid and minimize construction waste through design and construction management. This would help in checking the environmental problems that arise owning to open dumping of these wastes. Under the policy, suitable land would be provided for the dumping of construction and demolition waste and further its processing through private operators/agencies or by Urban Local Bodies.

 HP Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019

The Cabinet decided to approve Himachal Pradesh State Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019. The government claimed it would regulate the business of direct selling and multi-level marketing and strengthen the existing regulatory mechanism on direct selling and multi-level marketing. It’ll also prevent fraud and protect the legitimate rights and interests of the consumers, the government said.  

 The Cabinet approved the change of equity in favour of three power projects and also cleared a policy for imposing a penalty in case of change of equity and name without the approval of the government. Project developers would be given a period of 60 days when to get them approved without penalty.

 It accorded approval to

  •  Fill up five posts of Civil Judges in Himachal Pradesh High Court through direct recruitment to ensure speedy disposal of various cases
  • Fill up seven posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and 10 posts of Statistical Assistant in Health and Family Welfare Department on contract basis through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur.
  • Open Health Sub Centres at Kashimblidhar in Gram Panchayat Kuklah and at Chunani in Gram Panchayat Kashaud in Tehsil Balichowki and in Gram Panchayat Tandi in Chachiot tehsil of Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.
  •  Open Primary Health Centre at Shilhanu in Mandi district alongwith creation of two posts to man the centre.

 Other Decisions

 Honorarium of Water Guards Hiked

The Cabinet gave its nod to increase the honorarium of water guards from Rs. 2100 to Rs. 3000 and para fitters and para pump operators from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000 engaged in Irrigation and Public Health Department. This would benefit about 6220 water guards and about 500 para fitters and para pump operators.

The Cabinet decided to continue the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of apple during the current apple season. It also decided to enhance the procurement price under MIS from Rs. 7.50 to Rs. 8 per kg.  As many as 279 procurement centres would be opened in different parts of the state to facilitate the apple growers.

The Cabinet also decided that state-level function would be organized at Shimla on the birth anniversary of first Chief Minister Dr. Y.S Parmar on 4th August 2019.

 It gave its consent to accord District level status to Nalwar Mela Lambathach in Thunag tehsil of Mandi district.

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Solan Building Collapse: Death Toll Rises to 14 Including 13 Jawans and 1 Civilian, Rescue Operation Concluded

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Solan Building Collapse death toll

Solan-The toll of those killed in the collapse of a multi-storey building yesterday in Kumarhatti of Solan district that also housed a restaurant ‘Sehaj Tandoori Dhaba’ has risen to 14 as the rescue teams recovered more bodies. Over 25 people have been rescued and sent to Dharampur hospital for treatment. The deceased included 13 army jawans and one civilian, confirmed the Vivek Chandel, ADM, Solan. The rescue operation has concluded. As per the administration, total 42 people were trapped including 30 Jawans of Assam Rifles and 12 civilians. 

“Since yesterday, 17 Armymen and 11 civilians have been rescued. Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force have taken over the rescue,”

the Deputy Commissioner KC Chaman told PTI.

The building located on the Nahan-Kumarhatti road that housed a restaurant on one of the floors came down around 4 PM on July 14. As it was Sunday, several army personals of Assam Rifles had come to dine at the restaurant. The hotel owner also lived in the building along with his wife and two children. While the children were playing in the neighbourhood, their mother was present in the building. She reportedly died in the collapse, confirmed Additional SP Shiv Kumar Sharma.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on July 15 also visited the spot and ordered a magisterial probe to ascertain the cause of the collapse. An FIR against the owner of the building has also been registered.
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With this tragedy, questions are being raised over the legality of the construction. The building that was constructed in 2009 had at least four storeys. One of the storeys, as per reports, was added recently.Some reports suggested that complaints were also filed regarding the construction of this building.

Solan Rescue Operation

Currently, weak foundation and non-compliance with existing rules regarding the construction of buildings are considered as causes of the collapse. However, the district administration officials said the actual causes could only be ascertained after a probe.

Over 250 men of National Disaster Relief Force, District Police, and army jawans from nearby cantonment were continuously carrying out rescue work since yesterday. 

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