The State Cabinet in its meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur decided to carry out amendments in Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 and Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Elections Rules, 2012. These amendments would pave way for conducting elections to Municipal Corporations on Party symbols, provide reservation for OBCs, provision of disqualification on grounds of defection, strengthen provisions of no-confidence motion etc.
It also gave its nod to the Governor’s Address to be delivered during the budget session of H.P. Vidhan Sabha.
The Cabinet gave its approval to provide government land on lease basis at the rate of one rupee per month for a period of 99 years in Mauja Dhaulakuan Tehsil Paonta Sahib district Sirmaur measuring 122-08 bighas in favour of Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Nauni at Dhaulakuan for establishment of Regional Horticulture Research and Training Station for the benefit of the farmers.
It gave its consent to construct additional accommodation at Rest House Sundernagar in Mandi district at a cost of Rs. 3.90 crore to provide better boarding and lodging facilities to the employees and general public during official tours.
The Cabinet also decided to extend Special Land Acquisition Unit at Nalagarh in Solan district and also engage staff on re-employment/ fixed emoluments basis for a period of one year from 1st January, 2021as the land acquisition work in the stretch of Baddi-Nalagarh road length of 18 kilometers under Project Director NHAI Shimla was being done by Land Acquisition Collector Nalagarh.
The Cabinet gave its approval to the proposal to modify penalties/fines under Section 210A of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 as well as to specific authorities competent to compound the offences under Section 200 of the Act. This was being done to ensure safety of the people, by motivating the people to adopt save driving.
It also gave its nod to extend the engagement of 2555 SMC teachers already engaged under SMC teachers Policy in Elementary and Higher Education Departments for the academic session 2021-22.
The Cabinet gave its consent to rename Government Senior Secondary School Manoh in Hamirpur district as ‘Shaheed Ankush Thakur Government Senior Secondary School, Manoh’ as a mark of respect to the Galwan martyr Ankush Thakur.
The Cabinet decided to implement Mukhya Mantri Krishi Kosh Scheme for Farmer’s Producer Organizations (FPOs)-2020 for providing incentives, concessions and facilities for eligible FPOs of the State. Under the Scheme FPOs could avail seed money upto 30 percent of the total project cost with a maximum ceiling of rupees six lakh or one and half times of equity raised by the FPOs, whichever was less. The Scheme would also ensure Credit Guarantee Cover for Bank Loan, Interest Subsidy etc.
It gave its approval to transfer land comprising in Khasra No. 60 situated at Mohal Bazar ward Chhota Shimla presently under possession with Police Department in the name of Municipal Corporation Shimla to shift the existing two shops of Municipal Corporation Shimla to Khasra No. 60 so that widening of Sadbhawana Chowk could be undertaken in public interest to ease out the situation of traffic congestion on Chhota Shimla to Kasumpti road.
The Cabinet gave its consent to provide reservation of one seat in ANM or B.Sc. Nursing Courses for eligible widows below 45 years of age in each Nursing Institute of the State.
It gave its approval for amendment in Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojna 2019 to reduce the burden of loan on the entrepreneurs and the subsidy would be deposited in the term loan account of the borrower and would be adjusted only after three years. Now after disbursement of 1st installment of loan by the bank under the scheme, the General Manager, GIC would approve the subsidy amount in two installments of 60 percent initially and 40 percent after the unit commences commercial production/operation and physical verification of the unit has been done. The remaining 40 percent subsidy amount would be released within 15 days of the verification.
The Cabinet gave its nod to fill up 12 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Prosecution Department on contract basis through direct recruitment.
It also gave its nod to fill up four posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police on regular basis through direct recruitment.
The Cabinet gave its consent to fill up eight posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Geological Wing of Industries department on contract basis. It also gave its consent to fill up one post of Manager DIC in Industries Department on contract basis through direct recruitment.
It also gave its approval to fill up two posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Information Technology Department on contract basis.
It gave its consent to fill up one post of Assistant Director, Factories (Chemical) on contract basis in Labour and Employment Department.
The Cabinet also discussed organization of various functions on the occasion of year long golden jubilee celebration of Statehood of Himachal Pradesh.