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HP Budget 2019-20 Highlights

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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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Himachal: 12 COVID-19 Deaths in a Day, 68 in Past 19 Days

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Shimla-The COVID-19 fatality rate in Himachal Pradesh is spiralling up. On September 18, the state reported a record 12 deaths in a single day. The deceased aged between 42 to 95 years and most had other pre-existing medical conditions. A total of 432 new confirmed cases took the COVID-19 case tally for the state to 11622 till the last official update from the Health Department (9 PM).

The situation is alarming as 5367 of the total cases and 68 fatalities were reported during the past 19 days of September month. So far, the highest 24 deaths have been reported from Kangra district, followed by Solan (21) and Shimla (20). (View the table below for statistics from other districts).

Available data of fatalities suggests that elderly persons and patients of Diabetes Mellitus, Cancer and Chronic Kidney Disease are highly vulnerable. Take a look at the medical conditions and symptoms of the 12 patients who succumbed to the infection yesterday:

Himachal Pradesh Daily COVID-19 deaths

 So far, Solan district has reported the highest 2566 cases, followed by Kangra (1759), Siramur (1482), Mandi (1228), and Una (1057). The tally for Shimla is witnessing a steep rise as the number has reached 826, of which 730 cases were reported during the past 19 days.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin- September 18, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 data till september 18, 2020

These numbers are official statistics and the original number could be much higher as it is not possible for the government to trace all cases due to community spread. The government itself admitted that people with mild symptoms are not getting tested or reporting it and isolating themselves. These people are fueling community spread, the government said. 

Regarding the fatalities, the health officials say that people are coming to hospitals very late only when their symptoms worsen. They have urged people to not ignore the appearance of symptoms and get tested or inform the authorities.

Meanwhile, lifting all restrictions on inter-state movement of people including tourists would add fuel to the situation. Tourists have begun to visit the state and the attitude of the public is becoming more casual, following the lead of the state government.

As usual, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur continues to maintain that the state government is prepared to deal with community spread. Moreover, with this surge in cases and fatalities, the blame is being shifted on the people alone. 

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Schools in Himachal to Open With 50% Staff  for Students of 9th to 12th Classes

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Shimla: After lifting all restriction on entry into Himachal Pradesh in the previous Cabinet meeting, today the state government also gave nod to re-open schools from September 21, 2020. The decision was taken in a meeting of HP Cabinet held on September 18, 2020, in Shimla. 

Only those educational institutions would be opened which are outside containment zones. Schools would be opened as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, it was informed.

Also Read: Himachal: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

Only fifty per cent teaching and non-teaching staff would attend students from 9th to 12th standard, provided the students are willing to take guidance from the teachers, the government informed. The students would be able to visit their teachers for guidance, but it won’t be mandatory to come to schools.

Also, written consent of the parents or guardians of the students has been made mandatory.

It is speculated that there are bleak chances of opening primary schools this year as the community spread is in its initial phase and would be wreaking havoc in upcoming months. Himachal Pradesh has reported over 400 cases with 12 deaths today only.  

It would mean a huge loss in terms of education. There are several other obstacles and issues which make online classes for students of primary classes a difficult and less efficient mode of education. Imparting education amid the COVID-19 pandemic has become a challenging task for the state government.

Further, the Cabinet gave its approval to start BSc (Hons.) in Forestry in Government College for Forestry and Horticulture, Thunag in Mandi district from the academic session 2020-21.

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Himachal: Seven COVID-19 Deaths, 395 New Cases in a Day

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Shimla-On Thursday, Himachal Pradesh reported 395 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. Seven fresh casualties were reported, taking the COVID-19 death tally in the state to 96. According to the official Bulletin released by the Health Department for September 17, 2020 (9 PM), the total for the state has risen to 11190, of which 4145 are active cases and 6919 had recovered.  

Seven fatalities also included a 14-year-old male from Shimla. He was a patient of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Remaining six aged between 50-82 years.  As per the Health Department’s official Bulletin, all seven patients had pre-existing medical conditions like Diabetes Mellitus, severe Sepsis, severe ARDS, Hypertension etc.  

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities on September 17 (till 9 PM)

covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh on september 17, 2020-

Among Thursday’s cases, Sirmaur reported the highest 82 cases, followed by Kangra (76), Mandi (70), Solan (49), Una (38), Shimla (30), Lahaul-Spiti (15), Kullu (13), Bilaspur (12), Chamba (7), and Hamirpur (3).

Further, Solan has reported the highest number of cases (2525), and Kangra district has reported the highest number of casualties (20), followed by Solan (18), and Shimla (17).

For more statistics from all districts, view the table given below:

Himachal Pradesh-september 17, 2020, covid-19 update

Several media persons complained that the Health Officials have even stopped taking their calls and release required information. The Chief Minister, in today’s Vidhan Sabha session, compared fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh (0.8%) with the national rate (1.64%) and states having larger population like Punjab (2.8%). He claimed the state government was comfortable with the situation and rising number of cases. He said five make-shift COVID-19 hospitals, which are yet to be established, would take care of the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today patted his own back by releasing an e-book “Sewa Hi Sangathan” brought out by the State BJP.

In this book, BJP has claimed that various initiatives and steps were taken by the party to effectively tacking the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister also termed the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” as a success and went on to say that it has stabilized rural economy of the country and the State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending the decision to lift all restrictions on inter-state movement of people, including tourists, amid a community spread, he termed it a necessary step to revive the state economy. In a way, the government has made it clear that the people would have to learn to live with COVID-19.

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