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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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HPBOSE +2 Exam Results Declared, Private Schools Grab Top Positions in All Streams

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh School Education Board, Dharamshala, on April 22, 2019, has declared the class 12th result, examination for which was held between 6 to March 29, 2019.

As per the Board, out of total 95,492 students appeared in +2 for science, commerce and arts streams, 58949 students passed the exam and 16102 were placed under compartment. The overall result dropped to 62.1 % from 70.18% in 2018 and 72.89% in 2017. Total 49, 136 male students appeared in the exam and 28,375 passed it.  Among total 45,784 female candidates, 30, 574 cleared the exam.

Students of private schools have grabbed the top positions in all the streams. However, the number of students of government schools is reported to be higher than private schools in the merit list.

In Arts, Ashmita Sharma (DAV School Una) became the topper by obtaining 482/500 (96.4%) marks.  In Science, Anil Kumar (Sai Star School Dhalpur, Kullu) secured the first position by obtaining 493/500 (98.6%) marks. In Commerce, Preeti Birsanta (Career Academy School, Nahan) topped with 494/500 (98.8%) marks.

Candidates can visit the HPBOSE official website to check their results. However,  with the declaration of the results, the official website of the HPBOSE has become non-responsive due to high traffic.

Students can also check the result via SMS. One can send a message to 56263 — HP12 <space> roll number to access the result via text message. In addition, the results are also available HPBOSE’s partner websites like examresults.net and indiaresults.com

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Kotkhai Custodial Death: After Zaidi, Ex-SP Shimla DW Negi Gets Bail Too

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Shimla-Ex-Superintendent of Police, Shimla, DW Negi, who is an accused in the custodial death in Kotkhai’s Gudiya case, is also out on bail after Ex IG Zahur H Zaidi. Zaidi was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India on April 5, 2019. He had pleaded to the court that over 19 months have passed since the filling of charge-sheet but nothing was proved in the trial so far.

On April 18, Justice Sureshwar Thakur of Himachal Pradesh High Court, granted bail to DW Negi on the same pretext. He appealed to the court that CBI has recovered nothing from him in relation to the case. Now, the chances are high that remaining seven accused police officials would also get bail using the same argument.

The conditions of his bail included furnishing personal bond in the sum of Rs 3 lakhs and two local sureties. He would have to deposit his passport with the CBI. He will have to co-operate in investigation whenever the agency requires him.

A three-member team of CBI had arrested Negi on November 16, 2016, and was in jail since then. Before Negi, CBI had arrested ex-IG Zaidi and seven others on August 29, 2016.  All seven accused police officials were booked in relation to alleged conspiracy and custodial death of a Nepalese labourer Suraj.

Suraj was among the six initial accused arrested by Zaidi-led Special Investigation Team that was formed to probe alleged gang-rape and gruesome murder of a 16-year-old school going girl in July 2016. Later, when the case was transferred to CBI, the agency found that these six accused were innocent and were framed under a police conspiracy.


CBI had filed a chargesheet against the SIT members, I.G. Zahur H. Zaidi, D.S.P Theog Manoj Joshi, the then SHO Kotkhai Rajender Singh, ASI Deep Chand Sharma, Head Constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal and Rafiq Ali and constable Ranjit Singh was filed in the special CBI court in November 2017.

The accused were charged under Section 302, 330, 331, 348, 323, 326, 218, 195, 196, 201 and 120 B. The chargsheet contains 600 pages including annexes and statements of about 50 eyewitnesses.

While granting Zaidi a bail, the Apex Court had stated in its order that;

  …Our attention has been drawn to the allegations against the accused-appellant and that he is in custody for the last 19 months. Though the accused-appellant is facing charge under Section 302, we are told that the trial has not made substantial progress beyond the framing of the charge. Completion of trial will take some time…

…the period of custody suffered and likely time that may be taken for completion of trial, we are of the view that the accused appellant should be released on bail in connection with FIR No.RC SI 2017 S0009 CBI/SC-I/New Delhi, on satisfaction of the appropriate condition(s) as may be imposed by the learned trial court…

The CBI had also pleaded in the court to shift the hearing of the case from H.P High Court to Delhi High Court for expeditious disposal. The Court did not adhere to this request and observed that the same would be considered after hearing all the accused.

Further CBI had also raised doubts that if the police officer was granted bail, he could influence and intimidate witnesses in the case as he was a high-rank police official. To this, the court observed that this cannot be a reason to deny bail at this juncture, and if such incidence comes to light then it is always open for CBI to apply for cancellation of Bail in the competent court.

The reason of delay in trial with a remark that nothing substantial had been done in the case after framing of charge had come to a major blow to the CBI.

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India’s Rank in World Press Freedom Index Drops to 140 in 2019, Report Points Out Hindutva and Nationalism Agendas

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The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been released today. As a matter of huge concern in the list of 180 countries surveyed, India has dropped down to 140th position from last year’s 138.  Norway was ranked at number one.

India has been placed close to Pakistan at 142, and Bangladesh at 150.

The overall findings showed hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence, contributing to an increase in fear. The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media

As per the Index, threats, insults and attacks are now part of the “occupational hazards” for journalists in many countries.

“In India, where critics of Hindu nationalism are branded as “anti-Indian” in online harassment campaigns, six journalists were murdered in 2018,”

the RSF said in its Index.

Violence against journalists – including police violence, attacks by Maoist fighters, and reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt politicians – is one of the most striking characteristics of the current state of press freedom in India, the report said.

As per the RSF report, at least six Indian journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2018. A number of doubts surround a seventh case. These murders highlighted the many dangers Indian journalists face, especially those working for non-English-language media outlets in rural areas.

“Attacks against journalists by supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased in the run-up to general elections in the spring of 2019. Those who espouse Hindutva, the ideology that gave rise to Hindu nationalism, are trying to purge all manifestations of “anti-national” thought from the national debate,”

the report said.

“The coordinated hate campaigns waged on social networks against journalists who dare to speak or write about subjects that aggravate Hindutva followers are alarming and include calls for the journalists concerned to be murdered. The campaigns are particularly virulent when the targets are women,”

the report noted.

Further, the RSF report said that the emergence of a #MeToo movement in the media in 2018 has lifted the veil on many cases of harassment and sexual assault to which women reporters have been subjected. It also said that criminal prosecutions are meanwhile often used to gag journalists critical of the authorities, with some prosecutors invoking Section 124a of the penal code, under which “sedition” is punishable by life imprisonment.

 The mere threat of such a prosecution encourages self-censorship.

Coverage of regions that the authorities regard as sensitive, such as Kashmir, continues to be very difficult. Foreign reporters are barred from Kashmir and the Internet is often disconnected there,

RSF report said.

It also suggested that when not detained, Kashmiri journalists working for local media outlets are often the targets of violence.

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