A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on November 28 in which various decisions were taken. The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh chaired the meeting including filling of vacant posts. Here is the brief overview of the important decisions taken during the meeting:
PAT Honorarium Enhanced
The cabinet gave approval to enhance the honorarium of the Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) in Elementary Education Department from Rs. 8900/- to Rs. 11,000/- per month. The decision would benefit as many as 3240 PAT and will amount to an expenditure of Rs. 7 crore per annum. At present they were being paid an honorarium of Rs. 8900 since August, 2013. They were giving their services against vacant posts of JBT for more than 10 years.
Part Time Water Carriers and Carrier-cum-Peon Services
The Cabinet approved the services of Part Time Water Carriers and Carrier-cum-Peon on daily wages basis working in Education Department appointed under 1996 policy, who have rendered 14 years continuous service till 31st March and 30th September, 2016 as well as subsequent years be regularized as Peon (Class-IV).
Important Hydel Projects Decisions
The Cabinet also decided to allot 95 small hydel projects upto 5 MW with overall capacity of 197.695 MW to both Himachalis and Non-Himachalis. It was decided to allot 74 projects of 126.695 MW to Himachalis and 21 projects of 76 MW to non-himachalis. In case, if the capacity of the allotted projects is enhanced above 5 MW, all the charges based as per policy applied for projects above 5MW including additional free power royalty to be paid by the applicant afresh on whole capacity of project.
It approved for termination of implementation agreement in respect of Lower Uhl Hyro Electricity Project (13MW) and further decided to allot through International Competitive Bidding route on basis of quoting highest upfront premium on BOOT basis.
The Cabinet gave its approval for felling /removal/lopping of dangerous trees in the limits of Municipal Corporation, Shimla and Dharamshala, as per the recommendation of the Sub Committee.
The Cabinet gave its nod to create department of Endocrinology in IGMC and Dr. Rajinder Prasad Medical College and Hospital Tanda, along-with requisite posts.
It approved to open Primary Health Centre in GP Balghar in Shimla district, Chamboh in Hamirpur district along-with requisite staff.
It gave approval to open new Health Sub Centres at Kanjayan, Lehri Sarel, Baddu Sahani in Bilaspur district, Gram Panchayat Kas in Mandi district along-with staff.
It approved to upgrade Primary Health Centre Hatwar to Community Health Centre in district Bilaspur along-with staff required for the purpose.
Other Important Decisions
The Cabinet approved transfer of Government land in favour of Government of India for construction of Central Drug Standard Control Organization Zonal Office at Baddi in Solan district.
Approval was given for development plan for Barog Special area.
Decision was taken to open new Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Pandoga in Haroli of Una district.
Approval was accorded to upgrade Sub-Tehsil Nerwa in Chopal and Sub tehsil Kamarau in Sirmaur to Tehsil.
It Approved to open new Primary School at Kuthwara (Gehra) and Salahan(Tissa) in Chamba district.
It approved for procurement of high quality sugar to be distributed under Public Distribution System (PDS).
The Cabinet approved to start PG in Geology in Government College Dharamshala.
It approved to mandatory use of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) Star Labeled Motor Pump sets for every new agricultural pump connection.
Nod was accorded to upgrade Veterinary Dispensary Taklech and Kalpa to Veterinary Hospital in Shimla and Kinnaur districts respectively alongwith requisite staff.
It also approved to open Veterinary Dispensary in village Tunan GP Tunan in Kullu district along-with requisite staff.
Amendments and Rules
The Cabinet gave its approval to the draft Himachal Pradesh electricity (Duty) amendment Bill-2016. Under this the electricity duty for the consumers availing short term open access facility and availing power from Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) is proposed to be levied at fixed rate 51 paise per unit.
It approved for framing Rules under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.
The Cabinet gave its nod to approve H.P. Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2016.
It approved Himachal Pradesh Transfer of Land (Regulation) amendment Bill, 2016.
It approved amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Value Added Tax Rules, 2005. The amendment pertains to registration procedure and process of submission of returns by carrier of goods and agent of transport companies under the VAT Rules, 2005 and levying 5% uniform cess on e-commerce, which will cover online purchases by inserting new forms.
Approval was accorded to insert new Rule-4A under the Himachal Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area Rules, 2012 and a new entry No. 15 in Schedule-II appended to the Himachal Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area Act, 2010.