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The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its meeting held here today approved the
revised Transport Policy, 2014 in which special thrust will be given to
accelerate the growth of transport sector and implementation of mandatory
provisions of various central and state laws and also to re-define the role
to be played by the transport department.

The policy aims to provide connectivity to the commuters of the state
beside encouraging modern state of goods transport vehicles for handling
the farm and non-farm produce efficiently. It will help in reducing the
environmental externalities of transport in the state by developing
suitable tax and non-tax incentives besides road safety and to incorporate
the road safety in education curriculum at appropriate levels so as to make
mobility safe and improve the public passenger transport.

Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh presided over the meeting.

It was decided to implement Market Intervention Scheme for procurement of
citrus fruits like kinnu, malta, orange etc. during 2014-15. The
procurement price for 500 metric tonne of kinnu, malta and orange and 100
metric tonne of galgal will be Rs. 6.50 (B grade) and Rs. 6 (C grade) and
Rs. 5 per kilogram for galgals respectively. Besides, handling charges of
Rs. 2.65 per kilogram will be given for kinnu, malta and orange and rupee
one for galgal. In all, 54 procurement centers would be opened in the State
under the scheme. The scheme would be effective from 20 November, 2014 to
14 February, 2015.

The Cabinet decided to implement a mega Tele-medicine pilot project at
district hospital Keylong and Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti district for services of
medical specialists in tribal areas of the State.

The Cabinet approved for use of the Red Light with flasher by Lokayukta
and Advocate General.

It decided to allow use of Amber Lights with flasher by all Member of
Parliament, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and all Members of HP
legislative assembly, Mayor of Shimla, all IAS and IPS officers of
super-time scale, all District and Session Judges of the State, and all
Deputy Commissioners and Superintendent of Police in the district. .

The Cabinet decided that Blue light without flasher could be used by
officers of the transport department having challaning powers and all
excise and taxation officers in the district.

It gave approval for allotting three hydroelectric projects to Sai
Engineering Foundation on BOOT basis which includes Lower Sumez (5 MW)
Tauhuk (4.50MW) and Kareri (5MW) with a condition that the projects would
be completed in four years from date of signing of implementation
agreement. It was also decided that the Sai Engineering Foundation will
provide 6.75 percent free power royalty, which would be part of income of
HIMURJA. Keeping in view the importance of revenue to the State Government
from sale of power, it was decided to approve extension of existing
arrangements with Power Tradidng Corporation and Tata Power Trading for
one more year.

Decision was taken to open new Ayurvedic Health Centers at village Uttrapur
under gram panchyat Bijapur in Kangra district and at village Pudhan under
gram panchayat Sanoh in Salooni Tehsil of district Chamba with adequate
posts/staff . The decision comes up in fulfillment of announcement made by
Chief Minister. The Cabinet also gave approval for creating four posts of
various categories viz one post of Medical Superintendent, two of Senior
Ayurveda Chikitsak and one post of Ward Sister on regular basis for 50
bedded district hospital at Hamirpur in Ayurveda department and filling
thereof by promotion as per existing R&P Rules.

It also granted approval for opening Sub-Divisional Police Officer’s office
at Haroli in district Una along with seven posts. The Cabinet also gave
approval for opening of Fire Post at Larji in Banjar of Kullu district.

The Cabinet decided to grant State level status to the Balag Ekadashi Mela
of Theog in Shimla district as per the announcement of the Chief Minister.

The Cabinet decided to constitute Ner Chowk as Nagar Panchayat in Mandi
district. It also gave approval to constitute Baijnath and Paparola as
Nagar Panchayats in Kangra district.

It also gave approval for amending and modifying Rule 45, 50 and 50 (4) of
H.P VAT Rules, 2005 wherein it has been proposed to levy one and quarter
percent lump sum tax of the annual turnover in respect of the dealer having
annual turnover above Rs. 8 lakh to Rs.25 lakh with effect from 1 April,

Approval was given for filling up of eight posts of Block Development
Officers through direct recruitment.

It was decided to frame Himachal Pradesh Right to Fair Compensation and
Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Social
Impact Assessment and Consent) Rules, 2014 for carrying out the social
impact assessment of the affected areas.

The Cabinet decided to shift the post of Superintending Engineer (P&I-II)
Shimla to the office of Engineer-in-Chief (Project) Fatehpur in district
Kangra along-with requisite staff to supervise and carry out all the design
works related to Shah Nahar, Fina Singh and Sidhata projects in addition to
Swan Channelization, Chhonch khud and other similar works.

The Cabinet approved the grant of higher pay structure plus grade pay to
the Executive Officers and Secretaries of Municipal Councils/Nagar
Panchayats prospectively.

It also accorded approval to grant pay scale to the Junior Accountants of
the Panchayat Samitis under Panchayati Raj Department after three years of
regular services prospectively.

The Cabinet also decided to formulate new recruitment and promotion rules
for Sanskrit Lecturers in Ayurveda department.

It decided to create 50 posts of Junior Coaches in the department of Youth
Services and Sports for providing training to the youth in different
disciplines on contract basis. Besides, it gave approval for filling up of
one post of Divisional Fire Officer in Fire Service Department by direct
recruitment on contract basis.

Approval was accorded to fill 220 posts of Forest Guards in Forest
department on contract basis. It also gave nod to fill 16 posts of
Sub-Inspectors exclusively for women in State Police Department and filling
up of four posts of Inspector Grade-I in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer
Affairs department through direct recruitment on contract basis. It also
accorded sanction for filling up of 40 posts of clerk-cum-data entry
operators on outsource basis from NIELIT until regular/contract staff is
appointed in the department. It also approved filling up two posts of
Assistant Research Officers in Planning department.

The Cabinet decided to strengthen the Geological wing of the Industries
Department by creating and filling up two posts of Mining Officers on
contract basis by direct recruitment, creating 16 posts of Assistant Mining
Inspectors (Non-Gazzetted) by filling up six posts by direct recruitment on
contract basis and ten posts by promotion. Besides, creating 25 posts of
Mining Guards (Class-IV) wherein 15 posts would be filled on contract basis
through direct recruitment and 10 posts by transfer from the cadre of
Peons/Chowkidars as per R&P Rules. It also decided for creating and filling
up one post of Law Officer (Class-II, Gazetted) in order to exercise
effective control and vigil on illegal mining activities and regulation of
mines and minerals.

It accorded sanction to create supernumerary posts of Assistant Public
Relations officer and District Public Relations Officer/Information Officer
in the Information & Public Relations Department. It also decided to revise
the pay scales of Actors and Artistes of the Information & Public Relations

The Cabinet decided to fill up one post of Civil Judge (Junior Division) in
H.P Subordinate Judiciary.

It gave approval for filling five posts of Statistical Assistants and four
posts of investigators in department of Economics and Statistics on
contract basis through outsourcing.

It also decided to place before the State Legislative Assembly the 42nd
Annual Report of H.P. Public Service Commission from 1st April, 2012 to 31
March, 2013.

It decided to repeal the existing Himachal Pradesh Technical University
Act, 2010 and to bring a new legislation ‘Himachal Pradesh Technical
University Bill’ in the ensuing session of H.P Legislative assembly. The
decision has been taken in consonance with other national reputed
universities Acts.

The Cabinet gave its nod to withdraw the Himachal Pradesh Special Courts
(Attachment and Confiscation of Property) Bill, 2011 and to resubmit
revised Bill to Government of India for assent of the President.

The decision was taken to introduce the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity
Distribution Management Responsibility Bill, 2014 in the upcoming Vidhan
Sabha session.

It approved for bringing the matter regarding amending sections 21 (i) (ii)
(iii) (v) & 28 (i) of Himachal Pradesh University Ordinance, 1970 as a Bill
in the assembly.

The decision was taken to introduce the Himachal Pradesh Court Fees

(Amendment) Bill, 2014 before the legislative assembly.



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