Himachal Pradesh cabinet approves amendments in calamity relief norms


The Himachal Pradesh cabinet has decided to review the norms for relief under Himachal Pradesh Disaster Management and Relief Manual 2012, enhancing the relief assistance provided to disaster affected persons in the state.

In the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday chief minister Virbhadra Singh also decided to frame a special policy for regularization of encroachments by oustees in the New Bilaspur township in public interest. The maximum extent of land which may be regularized.

It also decided to move the case for FCA clearance of land to Union ministry of environment and forests for establishment of a central university in the state as per recommendations of the site selection committee.

The committee has recommended developing both the campuses – one at Dharamshala and other at Dehra – in a phased manner. Around 160 hectares of land at Dharamshala has been recommended for immediate development of main campus of the university while 80 hectares at Dehra may be taken up in second phase.

The cabinet approved the proposal of Himachal Pradesh high court for enhancement of monetary jurisdictions of all subordinate courts in the state by amending Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976. This will enable citizens to take up their cases at district level courts.

The cabinet also gave permission to lease out government land measuring 1,540.37 sq. m in Mohal Khaliar, Sadar tehsil, Mandi district to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on token lease money of Rs. 1 per annum for 99 years in relaxation of rules.

It approved transfer back of control of 842.68 hectares of forest land in Shimla urban area from Shimla municipal corporation to forest department for its proper management.

It also approved engagement of a consultant for designing and setting up of emergency operation centre at the state level and 12 district emergency operations centres in each district headquarters under revenue department for disaster management.

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