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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.

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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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Special Campaign for Issuing Golden Card under Ayushman Bharat Yojana Launched

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Shimla-Secretary Health Himachal Pradesh, Amitabh Awasthi, informed that under Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana a special campaign has been launched to issue Golden Card. He said that under this campaign, camps have been organized to issue cards and the department is also issuing cards by visiting the houses of eligible candidates.

He said that under this special campaign that started from 19th November 2020, Golden Cards have been issued to 29660 families (67520 persons). Golden Cards have been issued to 74.2 percent of families whereas in India this figure is 49.6 percent. The Health Department has targeted to issue Golden Cards to the remaining families by 31st March 2021, he informed.

Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana was launched by the Government of India on 23rd September 2018. This scheme is also being implemented in Himachal Pradesh from 23rd September 2018. Under the scheme, there is a provision of free treatment facility of upto rupees five lakh on hospitalization.

At present 200 hospitals in the State are registered under this scheme, out of which 64 are private hospitals, he informed. Beneficiaries can also avail free medical treatment facility anywhere in the hospitals registered by other states or Union Territories across India.

He said that for this scheme families have been selected based on the social, economic cast census, 2011 and National Health Insurance scheme (2014-15) and about 1579 representation have been included for free treatment. Day-care surgeries have also been included in it. Under the scheme, the eligible families have been selected by the Government of India and about 4,78,985 families are eligible in the State out of which Golden Cards of 3,56,372 families have been made.

He said that under the scheme 81,898 beneficiaries have received the benefit of free medical treatment worth Rs. 87.26 crore in the State.

Amitabh Awasthi said that under Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, issuing Golden Cards is a routine process and eligible families can prepare their Aadhar Cards and Ration Cards at the nearest Lokmitra Kendra.

He said that due to COVID-19 pandemic the work of issuing Golden Card has been affected and the Cards could not be issued to the eligible families as the beneficiaries needed to visit the nearest hospital or Lokmitra Kendra to prepare the Cards. He said that under this scheme, if the beneficiary has not prepared Golden Card, then the hospital issues him the Golden Card immediately at the time of treatment so that they could avail the benefit of free treatment. He said that to know about eligibility one can contact on toll-free No. 14555 and can log in to the website (mera.pmjay.gov.in.)

 

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Nod to Extend Engagement of SMC Teachers, Modify Penalties/Fines for Vehicles, Amend Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojna

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 23, 2021

Shimla-Apart from giving nod to carry out amendments in Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 and Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Elections Rules, 2012, to carry out this year’s elections on party symbols, the Cabinet also gave its nod to the Governor’s Address to be delivered during the budget session of H.P. Vidhan Sabha.

The Cabinet gave its approval to the proposal to modify penalties/fines under Section 210A of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, as well as to specific authorities competent to compound the offences under Section 200 of the Act.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to extend the engagement of 2555 SMC teachers already engaged under SMC teachers Policy in Elementary and Higher Education Departments for the academic session 2021-22.

The Cabinet gave its approval to provide government land on a lease basis at the rate of one rupee per month for a period of 99 years in Mauja Dhaulakuan Tehsil Paonta Sahib district Sirmaur measuring 122-08 bighas in favour of Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Nauni at Dhaulakuan for the establishment of Regional Horticulture Research and Training Station for the benefit of the farmers.

It gave its consent to construct additional accommodation at Rest House Sundernagar in Mandi district at a cost of Rs. 3.90 crore to provide better boarding and lodging facilities to the employees and the general public during official tours.

The Cabinet also decided to extend the Special Land Acquisition Unit at Nalagarh in Solan district and also engage staff on a re-employment/ fixed emoluments basis for one year from 1st January 2021, as the land acquisition work in the stretch of Baddi-Nalagarh road length of 18 kilometres under Project Director NHAI Shimla was being done by Land Acquisition Collector Nalagarh.

The Cabinet gave its consent to rename Government Senior Secondary School Manoh in Hamirpur district as ‘Shaheed Ankush Thakur Government Senior Secondary School, Manoh’ as a mark of respect to the Galwan martyr Ankush Thakur.

The Cabinet decided to implement Mukhya Mantri Krishi Kosh Scheme for Farmer’s Producer Organizations (FPOs)-2020 for providing incentives, concessions and facilities for eligible FPOs of the State. Under the Scheme, FPOs could avail seed money upto 30 percent of the total project cost with a maximum ceiling of rupees six lakh or one and half times of equity raised by the FPOs, whichever was less. The Scheme would also ensure Credit Guarantee Cover for Bank Loan, Interest Subsidy etc. 

It gave its approval to transfer land comprising in Khasra No. 60 situated at Mohal Bazar ward Chhota Shimla, which is presently under possession with Police Department, in the name of Municipal Corporation Shimla to shift the existing two shops of the Corporation to Khasra No. 60 so that widening of Sadbhawana Chowk could be undertaken to ease out the situation of traffic congestion on Chhota Shimla to Kasumpti road.

The Cabinet gave its consent to provide reservation of one seat in ANM or B.Sc. Nursing Courses for eligible widows below 45 years of age in each Nursing Institute of the State.

It gave its approval for amendment in Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojna 2019 to reduce the burden of loan on the entrepreneurs and the subsidy would be deposited in the term loan account of the borrower and would be adjusted only after three years. Now after disbursement of 1st instalment of loan by the bank under the scheme, the General Manager, GIC would approve the subsidy amount in two instalments of 60 percent initially and 40 percent after the unit commences commercial production/operation and physical verification of the unit has been done. The remaining 40 percent subsidy amount would be released within 15 days of the verification.

The Cabinet gave its nod to fill up 12 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in the Prosecution Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment.

It also gave its nod to fill up:

  1. Four posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police on regular basis through direct recruitment.
  2. Eight posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Geological Wing of Industries department on contract basis.
  3. One post of Manager DIC in the Industries Department on contract basis through direct recruitment. 
  4. Two posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in the Information Technology Department on a contract basis.
  5. One post of Assistant Director, Factories (Chemical) on contract basis in the Labour and Employment Department.
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Himachal’s Municipal Corporation Elections 2021 to be Held on Party Symbols as Cabinet Gives Nod

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Shimla-Municipal Corporation elections 2021 in Himachal Pradesh would be held on party symbols, the state cabinet decided in a meeting held on today. The elections would be announced during the budget session starting from February 26. 

The municipal corporation elections in, Mandi, Palampur, Solan and  are scheduled to be held next month. There was a growing demand that this time the elections should be held on party symbols.

The cabinet would carry out amendments in Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 and Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Elections Rules, 2012.

These amendments would pave way for conducting elections to Municipal Corporations on Party symbols, provide reservation for OBCs, provision of disqualification on grounds of defection, strengthen provisions of no-confidence motion etc.

It’s pertinent to mention that this decision has also come right after elections to panchayats, zila parishads, and block Simitis, which were not held on party symbols. While Bharatiya Janata Party has been claiming that it dominated these elections, the opposition alleged it of misusing government machinery and using unethical means to lure independent candidates in order to display the majority.

Last time, in 2012, when the elections were held on party symbols, the seats of Mayor and the Deputy Mayor had gone to the Sanjay Chauhan and Tikendar Panwar of Communist Party of India (M). 

“CPI(M) is in favour of elections of urban local bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions to be held on party symbol. Elections of Municipal Corporation Shimla were held on party symbol in the past but the government changed it. Left ruled state Kerala is holding all urban body and panchayat elections on party symbol. This will definitely help in curtailing horse-trading by the party in ruling with government influence and using money power in elections and politicize the people will strengthen the democracy,” Sanjay Chauhan told Himachal Watcher in a statement .

The ruling government, according to reports, is also mulling over to put in place an Anti-Defection law to discourage the practice of horse-trading.

The opposition has also been demanding direct elections to the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor. But the government was yet to take a decision on it.

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