A meeting of Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held today on June 9, 2019.
The Cabinet gave its nod to start a scheme for rehabilitation support to minor victims of rape, child abuse. Under this scheme, intensive counselling up to six months would be provided to minor as well as to their family members through professional counsellors. In addition to it, financial assistance of Rs. 7500 per month would also be given to the minor victim till the age of 21 years as a livelihood support measure.
The beneficiaries of ‘Ujjawala Grihini Suvidha Yojna’ that was launched in the State by the merger of Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna and Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna would be given one additional free refill cylinder.
Prathmik Sahyak Adhyapaks will be given Rs. 27,000 consolidated per month.
The marriage grant under the Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna has been enhanced from existing Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 51,000 to the destitute girls/women or their parents/guardians for marriage including inmates of Nari Sewa Sadan/Nari Niketan.
The annual income limit of family through Mahila Vikas Nigam for availing loan facility up to Rs. 1,50,000 by women has been increased from existing Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 for starting their self-employment ventures.
Further, the honorarium of office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions has been enhanced from 1 April 2019.
As per the decision, now Chairperson of Zila Parishad would get an honorarium of Rs. 12,000 per month instead of Rs. 11,000
- Vice Chairperson Rs. 8,000 instead of 7500
- Member, Zila Parishad Rs. 5,000 in place of Rs. 4500
- Chairperson, Panchayat Samiti Rs. 7000 per month instead of Rs.6500
- Vice Chairperson Rs. 5,000 instead of Rs. 4500
- Member of Panchayat Samiti Rs. 4500 in place of Rs. 4000
- Pradhan Gram Panchayat Rs. 4500 in place of Rs. 4000
- Up-Pradhan Rs. 3000 in place of Rs. 2500
- Members of the Gram Panchayat Rs. 250 instead of Rs. 240 per meeting with a maximum of two meetings in a month
The honorarium of part-time workers engaged in Patwar Circles of the State has been increased from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 3500 per month. This decision will benefit 1528 workers. The vacant posts of Part-time workers would also be filled.
The government would also distribute school bags to the students of classes 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th in the State for the year 2018-19 under Atal School Vardi Yojna. Uniforms to the school students from 1st to 12th standard during the current session under Atal Vardi Yojna would also be provided.
The government would provide scholarships amounting to Rs. 10,000 each every year under Mukhya Mantri Bal Uddhar Yojana to 10 boys and 10 girls of child care institutions registered and funded under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. These scholarships would be given to those securing top two positions in the merit list (separate for boys and girls) of children of child care institutions in annual examinations of 8th,9th, 10th, 10+1 and 10+2 standards.
In order to encourage institutional delivery, the Cabinet decided to enhance the incentive amount to women belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and BPL families to Rs. 1100.
The additional honorarium of ASHA workers has been increased from Rs. 1250 to Rs. 1500 per month. This would benefit 7964 ASHA workers of the State.
The government would continue the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of mango fruit with an enhancement of 50 paise per kg on all varieties of mango during the year 2019 to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers.
The Cabinet agreed to start tele-medicine facility in civil hospital Bharmour in district Chamba through M/s Apollo hospitals so as to provide specialized health care facilities to the people of the area.
Posts and Recruitments in HP Govt
The Cabinet decided to:
- Create and fill up three posts each of Professors and Lecturers in Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College, Paprola in Kangra district for strengthening this college
- Establish the Court of Additional District and Session Judge at Sarkaghat in Mandi district and Court of Civil Judge at Jhanduta in Bilaspur district along-with creation of 27 posts of different categories
- Fill up seven posts of Assistant Professors of different departments in Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla on a regular basis by direct recruitment through State Public Service Commission
- Fill up 11 posts of Junior Office Assistant on contract basis in Ayurveda Department
- Fill up five posts of Statistical Assistant in Scheduled Castes Sub Plan Wing of Social Justice and Empowerment Department through direct recruitment on contract basis
- Fill up five posts of Assistant Controller, Weight and Measures wing in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis
- Create and fill up four posts of different categories in newly upgraded Shaheed Tilak Raj Government High School, Dhewa in Kangra district for providing better educational facilities
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.