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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 17, 2020- With Renewal of Retail Excise Vends, Govt Expects Drop in Liquor Price, 13% Increase in Revenue

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 17, 2020

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held on February 17, 2020. Among several decisions taken were approval to Excise Policy for the year 2020-21, which expects a collection of Rs. 1840 crore revenue during the year 2020-21. It would be Rs. 215 crore higher than the financial year 2019-20 registering an increase of 13 percent, it was informed.

Renewal of the Retail Excise Vends

Further, it gave its approval for renewal of the Retail Excise Vends in the State for the year 2020-21. The government expects to gain adequate enhancement in government revenue, reduction in the price of liquor and to curb its smuggling from the neighboring States. The new Excise Policy also allows 30 percent of the Country Liquor quota for the liquor manufacturers/bottlers to be supplied to the retail licensees.  The balance 70 percent quota can be lifted by the retail licensees from the suppliers of their choice.

The new policy also expects to take FDR/Bank Guarantee from the retail licensees as security in lieu of security in a shape of property in order to secure the revenue of the government. From the next financial year, all the imported liquor in the State will be supplied by public custom bonded warehouse located in the State.  In addition to this, the policy also extended operational timings of the bars in all star-rated hotels and bars in specified important tourist areas from 12 noon to 2 am past midnight.

 HP Toll Policy 2020-21

The Cabinet also gave its approval for the H.P. Toll Policy for the year 2020-21. Under this policy, an option has been made for renewal of their lease after paying a renewal fee of one percent for the year 2020-21 and an increase of 10 percent over the bid amount for the year 2019-20.  The government expects that due to this new Toll Policy the revenue to be collected during the year 2020-21 will be Rs. 106 crore, which will be Rs. 9.5 crore more than the toll revenue estimated for the year 2019-20, giving an overall increase of about 10 percent.  

          It also gave approval for capacity expansion of Distillery from 45 KL per day to 85 KL per day in favour of M/s Premier Alcobev Private Ltd., Sansarpur Terrace in Kangra district. The State would earn an additional excise revenue of Rs. 18 to 20 crore per annum.

HP Govt Jobs

The Cabinet gave its nod

  • to fill up 23 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Labour and Employment Department on contract basis and continue the services of 173 Data Entry Operators in the Department till the posts are not filled up for which requisition has been placed with H.P. Staff Selection Commission.
  • to fill up two posts of Assistant Professor in Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda, district Kangra in the department of General Medicine and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology through direct recruitment by HP State Public Service Commission.
  • to revive/restore one post of Reader (Kayachikitsa Vibhag) in Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College, Paprola in district Kangra

The Cabinet also approved the H.P. (Legacy Cases Resolution ) Scheme Rules, 2020 which will pave the way for settlement of old pending VAT cases and VAT arrears.

 Golden Jubilee of Statehood Day 2021

The government has also planned celebration of  Golden  Jubilee of Statehood Day on 25th January 2021. Committees at State and district levels would be formed to celebrate  Golden  Jubilee of Statehood Day. These Committees would ensure celebrations of Golden Jubilee year of Statehood to Himachal Pradesh in a befitting manner and functions will be held from village level to State level.

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HP Health Dept Issues Clarification Over Alleged Irregularities in ‘Ventilator Purchase’

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Himachal Pradesh Health Department Ventilator purchase

Shimla-The Health and Family Welfare Department, Himachal Pradesh Government, today issued a clarification regarding alleged irregularities in purchase of ventilators in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.   

It’s pertinent to mention here that the Health Department is already under the scanner of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption Bureau for alleged scam in purchase of PPE kits which was reported on May 20 after an audio clip related to the same appeared. Following it, the Director, Health Services, AK Gupta was arrested and later suspended by the Government after a departmental inquiry.

Name of a leader of the ruling party was linked to the scam, following which Rajiv Bindal suddenly resigned. He said he resigned on “moral ground.”

Also Read: HP Health Dept Scam- There is More to It Than Just Alleged Bribery

This time, however, the Department was quick in releasing clarification.

After a news report appeared in the section of media based on a complaint of alleged irregularities in purchase of ventilators by the Health Department, a report with all documents was sought from the Director Health Services in this regard, said a spokesperson of the Department.

Also Read: Accused Ex-Director in Health Dept Scam Granted Bail

The Director, Health Services said that the Department intended to purchase the ventilators to strengthen all health centres of the Health Department.  For this, on March 28 2020, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Deputy Director Health Services to suggest technical standards for purchasing the ventilators and on the basis recommendation the purchase of ventilators were made.

The Spokesman said that the committee constituted at Directorate level under the chairmanship of Joint Director Health Services and the process for purchasing the ventilators was started and the rates and standards of ventilators available on GeM Portal were also studied.  The committee that on March 29, 2020, the rate of ventilator mentioned was Rs. 9.9 lakh.

Also Read: Official Suspended in ‘HP Secretariat Sanitizer Scam’

Meanwhile, the committee also studied the process of purchase of ventilators adopted by other states and it was observed that the Odisha Medical Supplies Corporation, which is an enterprise of the Odisha Government, had purchased the 20 joint ventilators on March 20, 2020, at the cost of Rs. 1.83 crore, which excluded GST.

“Keeping the value of time in mind and with the view to strengthen the Health Centres, the committee directed for purchase of 10 ventilators keeping, out of which seven ventilators were received on April 15, 2020, which were sent to Health institutions with immediately,”

 the spokesperson said.    

Director Health Services in his report informed that after that Haryana Medical Supplies Corporation purchased the above-mentioned ventilators on April 16, 2020, and the amount spent on each ventilator was Rs. 10.29 lakh, which is equal to the amount spent on the purchase of the entire lot by Directorate of Health Services.  Director Health Services in his report submitted that the cost of these ventilators on GeM Portal was Rs. 10.30 lakh till date.

The ventilators provided to Department include original instruments, medical air processor, basic accessories, adult/ paediatric, Neo-Natal implication accessories, optional accessories, ETCO 2 application accessories, SPO 2 application accessories, humidifier with a five-year warranty, the State Government has claimed.

The spokesperson said that Health Directorate has primarily found no irregularities in the purchase of ventilators. To make the process more transparent, a High-Level Investigation Committee would be constituted under the chairmanship Director Industries and Controller of stores. Director Medical Education, Principal IGMC and Deputy Controller Finance and Accounts, Directorate of Medical Education would be other members of the committee. The committee would submit its report within 10 days, the spokesperson informed.    

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Educational Institutes in Himachal to Remain Closed in June, Will Take Decision Over Re-Opening in July: CM (Video)

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Himachal Pradesh Educatinal INstitutes to remain closed in june

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Government had earlier announced vacations in both private and Government schools in the State till June 15 and till June 10 in University and Colleges. Following this announcement, it was being speculated that the schools/colleges can be re-opened in June.

However, on June 1, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur informed that the decision to open educational institutes in Himachal would be taken in July. Further, the Education Minister on June 2 said that no risk would be taken with school children, especially primary classes. Board classes would be started first whenever the situation would be favorable. 

Further, he spoke about the new guidelines and opening of religious places and temples from June 8 onwards. He said only people of the State would be allowed in the temples and hotels can only serve those who have arrived from other district or other States for official/business purposes.

Also Read:New Guidelines Regarding Quarantine and Its Requirements

Further, the Chief Minister said that the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has resumed bus services on 2222 routes from 7 AM to 7 PM in State.

Also Read: All Directions for Passengers, Staff, Management

He said that the bus services were resumed after complete preparations and that conductors and drivers were given masks, face masks shield, sanitizer and gloves.

The Government claimed that buses are being sanitized before sending to bus stands and destinations. Important guidelines were provided by police personnel to the passengers. The health screenings of the passengers were also done by the health department. According to the Government, buses on 1500 routes were operated by HRTC till 4 PM on June 1.

Also Read: All New Guidelines, What’s Re-Opening/Permitted and What’s Not

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HP Govt Launches Skill Register, Invites Unemployed Returnees/Migrants to Register to Get Jobs

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Himachal Pradesh Skill Register Launched on June 1, 2020

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government on June 1, 2020, launched “Skill Register” to create a sound database of migrants, who have entered Himachal Pradesh during the lockdown in the wake of Corona pandemic.  Interested persons can register through Skill Register (skillregister.hp.gov.in.) The Government claimed that various companies and industrial houses can also register their requirements on this portal. The portal has been developed by the Information Technology Department.

Click Here to Register 

People who have returned to the State can upload educational qualification, skills and job requirement on this portal, the Government informed. It would also help in identifying skill available in the State and in the analysis of skill upgradation requirements, the Government said, adding that industries will also get help in getting information regarding skilled manpower at a click of the button. 

This registration would be based on mobile number and Aadhar number, and it would be intimated through SMS. The reports regarding skill would be prepared district wise, educational qualification wise and work experience-wise, the Government claimed.

The skill register would be linked with the industrial houses which would get access to consolidated information according to their requirements. There Government said it would also make provision of skill upgradation if required.

  Managing Director H.P. Kaushal Vikas Nigam Rohan Chand Thakur made a presentation on the occasion of the launch.

 

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