Shimla– A Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held on July 3, 2019.
The government has taken various decisions including to set up Lead Agency/Road Safety Cell headed by Director/Commissioner, Transport in the Directorate of Transport to ensure road safety and proper enforcement of road safety laws in the State. The Cell will monitor road safety activities in the state and will comprise of experts of Police, PWD, Education and Health Departments besides other supporting staff.
HP State Administrative Tribunal Abolished
The government has abolished the state administrative tribunal, despite opposition by lawyers, who claim that the move will affect thousands of government employees. Earlier, it was abolished in 2008 during the BJP government. A resolution was also passed by the lawyers in this regard. As per them, abolishing the tribunal will cause unnecessary harassment to lakhs of state government employees.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister said that the ministers, party legislators, other elected representatives and organisation leaders were opposing its functioning, which is why this decision was taken. This decision is likely to trigger a controversy.
Incentives to Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba
Keeping in view the difficult topography of Chamba district and to encourage faculties to serve in Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba, the Cabinet decided to provide an incentive of Rs. 50,000 to Professor, Rs. 30,000 to Associate Professor and Rs. 20,000 per month to Assistant Professor over and above the contractual emoluments. It also decided to provide an incentive of Rs. 15000 per month to tutors and senior resident doctors to encourage them to serve in this medical college.
The Cabinet gave its approval to enhance the financial assistance to the family members of the working journalists in case of death from existing rupees two lakh to rupees four lakh and for retired journalists from Rs. 50,000 to rupees one lakh under the ‘Patrakar Kalyan Yojna’.
It gave its nod to start a new ‘Sahara’ scheme in the State under which Rs. 2000 per month would be provided to patients of economically weaker sections suffering from identified serious diseases.
It decided to enhance the subsidy being provided to forest guards posted in 200 very sensitive beats for purchase of weapons from existing Rs. 12000 to maximum Rs. 15000.
Approval was given to purchase 79 motor cycles, 25 light vehicles, 7 mini buses, one big bus and two trucks in the Police Department.
Himachal Khumb Vikas Yojna
The Cabinet decided to launch Mukhya Mantri Khumb Vikas Yojna in the State and rename it as Himachal Khumb Vikas Yojna. Under this scheme, assistance would be provided to all categories of farmers registered with the department for adopting mushroom cultivation.
Now, ex-servicemen will be deployed at 12 RTO barriers in Transport Department instead of Home Guards.
The Cabinet decided to increase the discretionary fund of MLAs from existing Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh per year.
A Transport Nagar at Solan will be established by the Transport Department for which the land available with the Urban Development department would be transferred to the Transport Department.
HP Government Jobs
The Cabinet decided:
- Fill up 113 posts of Forest Guards in Forest Department on contract
- To fill up 14 posts of Junior Accounts Auditor in Local Audit Department on contract basis through direct recruitment.
- To fill up 15 posts of Assistant Professors in different departments in Dr. Radhakrishanan Government Medical College, Hamirpur on regular basis through H.P. Public Service Commission
- To upgrade the Primary Health Centre, Sulah in district Kangra to Community Health Centre along with creation and filling up of 18 posts of different categories for this centre.
- To fill up 14 posts of Assistant Professors in various departments in Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar Government Medical College, Nahan
- To fill up six posts of sanitary inspectors in Municipal Councils of the State proper hygiene in these Municipal Councils
- To fill up 19 posts of Statistical Assistant on contract basis in the Agriculture Department through direct recruitment
- To fill up 10 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in the Agriculture Department on contract basis through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission
- To fill up 40 posts of Steno Typists in Irrigation and Public Health Department through direct recruitment on contract basis
- To create four posts of record keepers, one each in newly opened Additional District and Session Court, Nalagarh, Civil Courts, Banjar, Tissa and Shillai
- To fill up five posts of Civil Judges in Himachal Pradesh High Court through direct recruitment
The Cabinet decided to upgrade the Town Planning Office Palampur to Sub Divisional Town Planning Office along with creation of requisite posts for its better functioning.
The Cabinet decided to convert 1026 class-IV posts of different categories in Irrigation and Public Health Department into Pump Attendants and appoint the eligible water guards against these posts as per R& P Rules on a contract basis.
The Cabinet gave its approval in principle to establish one Additional District and Sessions Court at Sundernagar in Mandi district and one Civil Court at Jaisinghpur in Kangra district.
The 40 MW Baggi Hydro Power House was allotted to Bhakra Beas Management Board for its execution.
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.