Himachal Pradesh cabinet meets to decide over various issues



Shimla: Himachal Pradesh cabinet in its meeting held here today decided to  amend Himachal Pradesh Land Preservation Rules, 1983 and Himachal Pradesh Forest Produce Transit (Land Routes) Rules, 1978, to denotify ‘Bamboo’ from the list of classification of the tree grown on private land by removing the prohibition or restriction on felling of the same and allow its regulation according to three year felling programme framed by concerned Divisional Forest Officer after obtaining approval from the conservator of forests concerned.  Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, presided over the Meeting.

It also granted filling up of 746 posts in Health and Family Welfare Department with a view to strengthen the health services and medical education network and included 416 posts of female health workers, 53 trained midwives, 21 posts of radiographers and 256 posts of nurses on contract basis. It approved constitution of cabinet sub-committee under the chairmanship of the Revenue Minister and consisting of Horticulture Minister, Health Minister and Transport Minister as its members to examine and give their recommendations with regard to changes in town and country planning rules.

It also approved authorization to Lok Mitra Kendras in the state to issue copies of ‘Jamabandi’ to the public on demand by charging Rs. 5 per page for issuing such copies.  It granted approval to procure Bid Security Deposit in the shape of irrevocable bank guarantee in place of demand draft/banker’s cheque from the IPPs bidding for various HEPs in the state.  Further, it decided to revert back to the old system of concessional travelling by state police personnel and jail departmentof the rank of constable to inspector, in Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation buses and enhanced the amount of recovery from existing Rs. 80 to Rs. 110 per month in lieu of the facility. It decided in principle to rehabilitate 82 families of Nathpa village affected due to land slide at village Saak Kanda of district Kinnaur. Cabinet also granted approval to the amendment of the Private Universities (Regulation and Establishment) Bills in respect of Chitkara University, Eternal University, Baddi University of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Manav University, Arni University and Indus International University established in Himachal Pradesh in the private sector thereby bringing about uniformity in regulatory provisions of all such private universities established in the State.

Further, it not only It sanctioned creation of one post of Deputy Advocate General  at Shimla on tenure basis, but also approved regularization of 7 daily wagers fulfilling eligibility criteria against the posts of clerks and 3 daily wagers against the posts of peons who have completed eight years of service in the HP Agro Industries Packaging India Limited  and in the Department of Health and Family Welfare. It also approved draft Himachal Pradesh Taxation (on certain Goods carried by Road) Amendment Bill, 2010, The Himachal Pradesh Tax on Entry Goods into Local Area (Amendment) Bill, 2010, The Himachal Pradesh Passengers and Goods Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2010 and Himachal Pradesh Pre-Emption Act-2010 for laying in the forthcoming Winter Session of HP Legislative Assembly at Tapovan, Dharamshala.

It approved deployment of dedicated engineering staff in the PWD sub-division for early completion of the construction work of the Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Engineering College, Sundernagar. It granted permission for construction of public works rest house at village Thachi in Bali Chowki Sub-Tehsil of district Mandi. It also approved recruitment and promotion rules of the superintendent grade-II in the Himachal Pradesh Backward Commission. It approved leasing of 3-07-90 hectares of land in Mohal Gurpala, Mouja Bathu in tehsil Haroli of district Una for 99 years to construct electrical sub-station. It also approved leasing out of 335.15 square meters of land in Up-Mohal Krishna Nagar in Shimla town for 25 years.

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