SHIMLA-17 January, 2020

CM directs to expedite work on all four lane projects

The work on all four lane projects under implementation in the State must be expedited so that commuters do not face any inconvenience and projects were also completed in stipulated time period. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today while presiding over the review meeting of National Highways and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) projects being implemented in the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that committees comprising the representatives of NHAI, State PWD, concerned district administration and contractors would be constituted to coordinate and finalize the issues regarding damages and compensation in respect to these projects. He also directed the concerned Deputy Commissioners to hold atleast monthly meeting with executing agencies and representatives of NHAI for redressal of any issues pertaining to these projects.

Chief Minister directed the forest department to award the balance trees coming in the alignment of Kaithlighat to Dhalli bypass and they must be cleared immediately to facilitate the construction of the road. He also directed for early clearance of 80 structures in Dhalli and Chhakdyal area and also handover possession of 4.65 hectare pending land to NHAI.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the work on Parwanoo-Solan section which had been awarded to M/s G.R Infra Projects Limited was nearing completion and would be completed soon. He said that the issue regarding land acquisition pending at village Bara and regarding mutation of land in favour of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways must be expedited.

Chief Minister said that the work on stretch between Solan to Kaithlighat section of NH-05 awarded to M/s Airef Engineers (P) Ltd. must be expedited. He said that dumping sites must be identified at earliest and mutation of land in favour of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways should be transferred at the earliest.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the work of Brownfield Alignment of 30.66 kms stretch of Kiratpur to Nerchowk section of NH-21 has been awarded to M/s Ceigall India Ltd. and the company had started the work on this project. He said that the delay in removal of structures in Naulakha to Dadour section of NH-21 was an area of concern which should be redressed at the earliest. He directed the HPSEBL for immediate shifting of towers of 132 KV transmission line from Kangoo to Bajoura.

While showing his concern over slow pace of work on Nerchowk-Pandoh section which has been awarded to M/s KMC Constructions Ltd., Chief Minister said that this was causing great inconvenience to the general public as well as to the tourists. He also directed the concerned authorities to remove encroachments in village Aut, so that work could be expedited on this project.

Jai Ram Thakur said that two 132 KV transmission lines towers should be shifted within two months so that the work on Takoli-Kullu Section could be expedited. He also directed the concerned authorities to remove structures which came in the alignment besides expediting fast distribution of funds. He also directed the HPSEBL to provide power supply to the contractors so that they could undertake tunneling work without any hindrance. He asked the NHAI authorities to provide wayside amenities on Kullu-Manali section of NH-21 which was almost complete.

Chief Minister said that proper maintenance of Shimla-Matour, Pathankot-Chakki-Mandi, Kainchimore-Nerchowk and Kaithlighat-Dhalli section of Shimla bypass must be ensured as these were the lifelines of the State. He said that State Government has already taken up the matter with Government of India for entrusting back these highways to State Government for proper maintenance of these roads till award/construction work was not completed.

Jai Ram Thakur said that any laxity in execution of projects would be viewed seriously and erring officers would be dealt sternly.

Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Khachi assured the Chief Minister that concerted efforts would be made to complete the National Highway and NHAI projects within the stipulated period.

Principal Secretary PWD J.C. Sharma conducted the proceedings of the meeting.

Additional Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh, Principal Secretaries Onkar Sharma and Sanjay Kundu, Engineer-in-Chief PWD Bhawan Sharma, Engineer in Chief IPH Naveen Puri, Deputy Commissioners of Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Bilaspur and Kullu districts and other senior officers attended the meeting.

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Civil Supplies Corporation selling onion at rate of Rs. 64 per kg

The State Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on 'first come first buy' basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Due to the efforts of the State Governments, the prices of the onion have become competitive, due to which the hoarded stock is now coming out. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaultor.

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Education Minister releases book authored by Dr. Inder Singh Thakur

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj released a book 'Mann ki Baat' edited by Dr. Inder Singh Thakur, here today. This book is a compilation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' since 2014 to June, 2019.

Education Minister appreciated the efforts of Dr. Inder Singh and while congratulating him said that the favourite programme of Prime Minister has been presented to the people in the shape of a book.

Dr. Inder Singh is presently working as Assistant Professor (Hindi) in Government Degree College Sanjauli. He had also written a book on the thoughts of Bharat Ratna and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which was released by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Besides this a book on the life of Chief Minister 'Kadam Va Kadam Jai Ram Thakur' was also published

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44 projects worth Rs. 161.35 crores sanctioned by NABARD for Himachal

NABARD has sanctioned 44 projects including 39 road projects and five bridge projects, amounting to Rs. 161.35 crores in Himachal Pradesh under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF-XXV) in favour of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department (HPPWD), yesterday. Under these projects new road constructions of 143.13 kilometers, upgradation and metalling tarring of 60.68 kilometers and construction of five bridges would be done.

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed his gratitude towards NADBARD for sanctioning current batch of roads and bridges under RIDF-XXV. He also said that NABARD (RIDF) is playing a significant role in road connectivity in rural areas and it has a special importance for a hill state like Himachal Pradesh where roads are the only mode of connectivity. He congratulated HPPWD for preparation of the projects and directed the department to call the tenders and start the work on these projects.

Principal Secretary PWD J.C. Sharma assured the Chief Minister that the department would put its best efforts to implement these projects. He further informed that 115 projects including 102 roads and 13 bridges amounting to Rs. 464.83 crores have been sanctioned under RIDF-XXIV during the financial year 2019-20.

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State Government approves HP Legacy Cases Resolution Scheme

The State Government has approved the Himachal Pradesh (Legacy Cases Resolution) Scheme under the Department of Excise and Taxation in the Cabinet Meeting held yesterday. Disclosing this, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said here today that the scheme would address settlement of legacy cases under General Sales Tax, VAT, CST and other taxation laws subsumed under GST.

Chief Minister said that the Scheme would be applicable for both settlement of pending arrears as well as any arrear that might accrue on account of disposal of pending assessments under taxation laws subsumed under GST. The scheme is expected to expedite the disposal of the legacy issues resulting into generation of revenue stuck due to non-disposal of assessment cases or arrears under litigation, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that after implementation of GST large number of states such as Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan have introduced settlement schemes to settle legacy issues. He said that these States have brought the Settlement Schemes under certain existing legislations. The Central Government has also brought a scheme namely, Sabka Vishwas (Legacy Dispute Resolution) Scheme, 2019 to settle legacy of Central Excise and Service Tax, he said.

The Chief Minister said that the Central scheme and the schemes introduced by the States have provided certain immunities and incentives to the applicants. He said that Maharashtra has provided 50 percent waiver of tax amount, 90 percent waiver of penalty and 95 percent waiver of interest. Karnataka has granted waiver of 100 percent of arrears of penalty and interest. He said that the Central Government under the scheme has provided waiver of tax dues ranging from 40 percent to 70 percent alongwith complete waiver of penalty and interest and waiver from prosecution.

Jai Ram Thakur said that there was pendency of arrears of around Rs 3,500 crore and assessment cases numbering 3 lakh were pending for assessment. He said that it is estimated that the Scheme would release revenue of Rs. 620 to 670 crore assuming that all current defaulters apply under the scheme. He said that the Scheme will also help release considerable manpower engaged in legacy issues resulting into availability of more manpower for improving compliances under GST.

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Nominations for Himachal Gaurav Puraskar, Prerna Srot Samman and Civil Services Award extended till 31st January, 2020

A Spokesperson of the State Government said here today that the Himachal Government has extended the last date of receipt of nominations for three State Level Awards, namely Himachal Gaurav Puraskar, HP Prerna Srot Samman and Civil Services Award by the evening of 31st January, 2020 which was earlier 31st December, 2019. He said that these awards would be conferred on the occasion of Himachal Day i.e., 15th April every year.

He said that in addition to the bio-data in the prescribed proforma, a brief write up (citation) in Hindi which should be of maximum two pages, in precise form clearly bringing out the distinguished and exceptional achievements or services justifying the recommendation may also be forwarded for consideration of the State Level Scrutiny Committee. He said that a soft copy of write up prepared in Hindi may also be sent on e-mail Id gadbr2-hp@nic.in for compilation.

He said that it may also be kept in view that while making recommendations only relevant papers required under the prescribed forms may be sent to the office of General Administrative Department (GAD). He further said that the schemes, along with prescribed proforma for sending nominations are available on the departmental website at www.himachal.nic.in/gad.

The Chief Minister said that the scheme has a provision of settlement fee. A declarant may settle the pending arrears or a pending assessment by way of payment of settlement fee.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the declarant is required to pay settlement fee for settling a legacy issue at the rate of 10 percent of tax paid where returns or tax is late; 110 percent of the tax due where no return has been filed and where the Statutory form (C,F,H etc.) are involved and have not been produced, the fee would be 1 percent of the value of such form or 100 percent of the tax required to be paid against such forms whichever is higher. He said that the last date to file declaration under the Settlement Scheme would be 30th April, 2020.

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