Shimla-A meeting of the State Cabinet of Himachal Pradesh was held today. It was the first Cabinet meeting after Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Following are the decisions taken in the meeting:
- The Cabinet decided to provide 10 percent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections of the society in Class-I, II, III and IV posts in government sector. The decision would benefit those candidates whose family gross income is below Rs. 4 lakh and were not covered under the existing scheme of reservations for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes.
- It decided to increase the social security pension of old age, widows, destitute, handicapped, lepers etc. from existing Rs. 750 to Rs. 850 per month and that of old age pension for those above 70 years of age from Rs. 1300 to Rs. 1500 per month. This increase would be applicable from 1st July 2019.
- It decided to increase the limit of maximum of three rooms registered under the Home State Scheme to four rooms.
- The Cabinet gave its nod to implement ‘Mukhya Mantri Roshni Yojana’, under the scheme, 17550 free electricity connections will be provided to poor families during the current financial year.
- The Cabinet gave its approval to enhance the procurement price of citrus fruits such as Kinnow, Malta, Orange and Galgal under Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for the year 2019-20 by fifty paise per kg from the existing support price to ensure the remunerative price of citrus fruits to the fruit growers. As many as 54 procurement centres would be opened in different parts of the State, which would remain functional from 21st November 2019 to 15th February 2020.
- The Cabinet gave its approval for ‘Himachal Pradesh Industrial Investment Policy 2019′. The policy aimed at redressal of issues impending industrial growth and ensure simplification of procedures, key physical and social infrastructure, human resource development, access to credit and market. It also aimed at promoting ‘Ease of Doing Business’ by the digitization of all processes and to promote self-certification.
- The Cabinet also gave its approval to enhanced incentives to Medium Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME), introduction of new concept of Anchor Units with higher incentives than larger industries, incentives for Common Industrial and Social Infrastructure like Schools, Hospitals, other common facilities, provision of reimbursement of NET SGS up to 90 percent for seven years, interest subvention on the term loans to industries for three to five years with maximum limit of Rs. 20 lakh per year.
- It also approved increased Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for industrial units of different categories. It also approved capital subsidy for the establishment of new private industrial areas/theme parks, concession in the electricity duty and rebate on electricity tariff to the tune of 15 percent. The cash incentive will be provided to the units employing more than 80 percent Himachalis in their units and service sectors.
- The cabinet decided to provide additional concessions for setting up such units over and above the incentives given to the industries.
- The Cabinet decided to simplify the provisions of Rule 38-A of the H.P. Tenancy and Land Reforms Rules, 1975 for issuing Essentiality Certificate for setting up of investment projects in the State approved by the State Level Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority.
- The Cabinet gave its approval for Himachal Pradesh Film Policy, 2019 which aims at promoting rich cultural heritage and scenic beauty of the State through films.
- It also gave its approval to enhance the lump sum incentive money from Rs. 6000 to Rs. 12000 for wards of Ex-servicemen and widows of soldiers for SSB coaching for becoming Officers in armed forces.
- It gave its approval to start two new trades i.e. electrician and mechanic diesel in Government Industrial Training Institute Kaffota and trades of Plumber and Electrician in Government ITI Shillai in Sirmaur district alongwith creation and filling up of 24 posts of various categories to man these institutions.
- The Cabinet gave its consent to create 13 posts of Court Managers in the establishment of Himachal Pradesh High Court Registry to enhance the efficiency of the District Judicial System.
- It decided to fill up of 15 posts of different categories on a contract basis in Dr. Y.S. Parmar Horticulture and Forestry University Nauni, Solan.
- It also decided to fill up 11 posts of Drivers on a daily wage basis for Agriculture Science Centres through Chaudhary Sarvan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur.
- A nod was also given by the Cabinet to fill up four posts of Drivers on daily wage basis in Horticulture Department.
- It also put its seal on the creation and filling up of one post of PGT (Political Science) and one post of TGT (Computer Science) through direct recruitment on a contract basis.
HP Govt Employees to Get Higher Pay Scale on Completion of Two Years of Service: CM Jairam
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government employees working in different departments before January 3, 2022, would be given a higher scale at par with other employees on completion of two years tenure of regular service. A higher pay scale was also announced for the Junior Office Assistants (IT) on completion of two years of regular service.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur made these announcements during the Karamchari Maha Sammelan of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation at the hotel Peterhof on Sunday.
He appreciated the role played by the employee especially frontline workers in the battle against the pandemic.
He said most of the government employees in the state have been given revised pay scales and on average, every employee has got the benefit of a 12 to 15 percent salary hike. There has also been an increase in the pension of about 1.50 lakh pensioners of the state. The financial benefits of Rs. 7801 crore have been given to state government employees and pensioners from the year 2018 to 2022. The pensioners who retired before 2016 are getting the benefit of a 15 to 20 percent increase in the pension while around 40 thousand pensioners who retired after 2016 would be benefitted soon, he said.
He said the daily wages were Rs. 210 in the year 2017 which has been increased by the present state government to Rs. 350. Similarly, 12 per cent interim relief annually has been provided to government employees and pensioners during the present government’s tenure. He said the Himachal government has provided Dearness Allowance to its employees and pensioners on the lines of Punjab and Central governments from the due date. The Punjab government has given only 5 percent interim relief to the employees while the Himachal government has provided 21 percent interim relief to its employees.
“Out of the total interim relief amount given to the employees and pensioners amounting to about Rs. 6500 crore, Rs. 3500 crore has been paid during the tenure of our government” added the Chief Minister.
He said that the state government has increased the government contribution for NPS employees from 10 percent to 14 percent benefitting more than one lakh employees. The NPS employees are being given the benefits of retirement and death gratuity at par with employees falling under the old pension scheme. The government has also increased the upper limit of death gratuity from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
The Chief Minister said the state government has also increased the honorarium of para-workers working in various departments. The salary of outsource workers has been hiked by Rs 1,500 per month.
Non-Gazetted Employees Federation President Ashwani Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for providing various financial and other benefits to different categories of government employees.
Most Covid Restrictions to be Lifted From March 31, Mask and Hand Hygiene to Continue
New Delhi-The Centre has issued a notification to the States informing that the provisions of the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005 will not be invoked in the country after March 31. The Union Health Ministry said that the use of face masks and following hand hygiene will continue.
It implies that most of the Covid-related rules and restrictions would end.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued the notification which said that the decision was taken following the overall improvement in the situation and the preparedness of the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, local authorities and State police can still invoke fines and criminal cases against persons violating COVID-19 norms under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a senior government official said.
The DM Act was invoked on March 24, 2020, due to the pandemic
“Over the last seven weeks or so there has been a steep decline in the number of cases. The total caseload in the country stands at 23,913 only and the daily positivity rate has declined to 0.28%. It is also worth mentioning that with the combined efforts, a total of 181.56 Cr vaccine doses have been administered,” the notification said.
“I would like to mention that in view of the nature of the disease, we still need to remain watchful of the situation. Wherever any surge in the number of cases is observed, the States/UTs may consider taking prompt and proactive action at a local level, as advised by MoHFW (Health Ministry) from time to time,” the notification said.
The Indian government had issued various guidelines and measures for the first time on March 24, 2020, under the Disaster Management Act to curb the COVID-19 situation in the country, which have been modified several times thereafter.
India currently has 23,087 active COVID-19 cases and recorded 1,778 new cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has also declined to 0.28%.
HP Cabinet Decisions: Country Liquor Made Cheaper in New Excise Policy, Read All Decisions
Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on March 20, 2022, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The excise policy for the financial year 2022-23 was approved. Approval was also given for the renewal of retail excise vends in the state for the financial year 2022-23 at the renewal fees of 4% of the value of unit/vend.
The State Government said that wants to enhance the government revenue and curb the smuggling of country liquor from the neighbouring states by a reduction in its price.
The brands of Country Liquor will be cheaper as license fees have been reduced. This will help in providing good quality liquor at a cheaper rate to the consumers.
In the new excise policy, the 15% fixed quota of country liquor for manufacturers and bottlers to be supplied to the retail licensees has been abolished. According to the government, this step will give the retail licensees to lift their quota from the suppliers of their choice and further assure the supply of good quality country liquor at competitive prices. The MRP of country liquor will be cheaper by 16% of the existing price.
In this year’s policy, the Gaudhan Vikas Nidhi Fund has been enhanced by Re.1/- from the existing Rs.1.50 to Rs.2.50.
The fixed annual license fee of Bars has been rationalized by abolishing the area-specific slabs of license fee. Now throughout the State, there will be uniform license slabs based upon the room capacity in hotels.
Rates of the annual fixed license fee of Bars in the tribal areas has been reduced considerably.
Further, all the above stakeholders will have to install CCTV cameras at their establishments as it was made mandatory for them.
Wholesale vends and retail vends, the penalty provisions under the H.P. Excise Act, 2011 have been made more stringent.
An end to end online Excise Administration System would be established in Himachal Pradesh, the government said.
HP Government estimates a collection of Rs 2131 crore revenue during the year, which will be Rs. 264 crores higher than the financial year 2021-22 – growth of 14% in state excise revenues.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to amend Himachal Pradesh Disaster Relief Manual-2012 to include deaths due to biting of honey bees, hornet and wasps, accidental drowning and deaths due to accidents of vehicles (including land, water and air) under this Manual.
The Cabinet gave its approval for filling up 11 posts of ‘A’ Class Tehsildar in Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
HP State Toll Policy 2022-23
The HP Cabinet also gave its nod to HP State Toll Policy for the year 2022-23 which envisages auction cum tender for all the toll barriers in the State. During the year 2021-22, toll revenue has registered a growth of 20 percent of the previous year’s revenue.