SHIMLA -16 July, 2019

HP Cabinet decision

The State Cabinet in its meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur decided to recommend the Governor to convene Monsoon session of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha from 19th August to 31st August, 2019 with total number of 11 sittings.

The Cabinet condoled the death of 13 jawans of Assam Rifles and one civilian in the building collapse near Kumarhatti in Solan district on 14th July, 2019. It observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls. It conveyed heartfelt condolences with the bereaved families and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed souls.

The Cabinet gave its nod to increase the honorarium of water guards from Rs. 2100 to Rs. 3000 and para fitters and para pump operators from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000 engaged in Irrigation and Public Health Department. This would benefit about 6220 water guards and about 500 para fitters and para pump operators.

The Cabinet decided to continue Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of apple during the current apple season to ensure remunerative prices to the apple growers. It also decided to enhance the procurement price under MIS from Rs. 7.50 to Rs. 8 per kg. As many as 279 procurement centres would be opened in different parts of the state to facilitate the apple growers.

The Cabinet also decided that state level function would be organized at Shimla on the birth anniversary of first Chief Minister Dr. Y.S Parmar on 4th August, 2019.

In order to ensure optimum use of solar energy, the Cabinet decided to provide State subsidy of 30 percent of system cost including installation of solar water heating systems of capacities 100 LPD and 200 LPD only to all the domestic consumers in the state.

It decided to frame Himachal Pradesh State Construction and Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy to avoid, minimise, reuse, recycle and dispose-off construction and demolition waste and avoid and minimize construction waste through design and construction management. This would help in checking the environmental problems that arise owning to open dumping of these wastes. Under the policy, suitable land would be provided for dumping of construction and demolition waste and further its processing through private operators/agencies or by Urban Local Bodies.

The Cabinet decided to approve the change of equity in favour of three power projects and also cleared a policy for imposing penalty in case of change of equity and name without the approval of the government. It also decided to give a period of 60 days when the project developer can get them approved without penalty.

In order to regulate the business of direct selling and multi level marketing and strengthen the existing regulatory mechanism on direct selling and multi level marketing for preventing fraud and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of the consumers, the Cabinet decided to approve Himachal Pradesh State Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019.

It decided to start Post Graduate classes in Government Degree College, Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district in Political Science from academic session 2019-20.

The Cabinet gave its approval to start Post Graduate Classes in Political Science and History in T.S. Negi Government Degree College, Rekong Peo in Kinnaur district from academic session 2019-20.

The Cabinet approved to start science stream in Government Senior Secondary School, Salot in Mandi district and Government Senior Secondary School, Jamna in Sirmaur district. It also decided to start commerce classes in Government Senior Secondary Schools, Malahari, Thakurdwara and Makroli in Kangra district and Government Senior Secondary School, Salot in Mandi district.

It gave its consent to accord District level status to Nalwar Mela Lambathach in Thunag tehsil of Mandi district.

It gave approval to open new veterinary hospital at village Bara in Gram Panchayat Bara in Mandi district alongwith creation of five posts to manage the hospital.

The Cabinet decided to open regular veterinary dispensary in village Kanda of Gram Panchayat Adhal in Shimla district alongwith creation of requisite posts.

It decided to include patwar circles Baddhall Thor, Dodra in Tyambal panchayat, Dodra in Dodra panchayat, Didadasiba in Dadasiba panchayat, Dadasiba in Gurnwad panchayat, Panjal, Jakhdhar, Shamnagar, Chanaur and Jambal in Kangra district under the Potential Industrial Zone of Industrial Corridor.

It accorded approval to fill up five posts of Civil Judges in Himachal Pradesh High Court through direct recruitment to ensure speedy disposal of various cases.

The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up seven posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and 10 posts of Statistical Assistant in Health and Family Welfare Department on contract basis through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur.

It decided to open Health Sub Centres at Kashimblidhar in Gram Panchayat Kuklah and at Chunani in Gram Panchayat Kashaud in Tehsil Balichowki and in Gram Pachayat Tandi in Chachiot tehsil of Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.

It gave its nod to open Primary Health Centre at Shilhanu in Mandi district alongwith creation of two posts to man the centre.

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Chief Minister calls on Governor

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur called on Governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhawan here today.

It was a courtesy call.

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MoU signed for 100 MW solar power plant

A Memorandum of understand (MoU) was signed between the state government and M/s Frontline Delhi in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today for setting up of 100 MW solar power plant in the state.

Principal Secretary, MPP and Power Prabodh Saxena signed the MoU on behalf of the state government whereas Chairman of Frontline Dr. Sanjay Sinha was signatory on behalf of the Company.

This plant would be established with an investment of Rs. 700 crore and would provide employment opportunities to over 700 persons.

Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Managing Director, Frontline Delhi Pushpesh Singh, Director Aditya Sinha were also present on the occasion among others.

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Medicine retail shops of HPSCSC to be made online: CM

The Medicine Retail Shops of H.P State Civil Supplies Corporation (HPSCSC) Limited would be made online to facilitate the patients and their attendants besides ensuring transparency and efficient services to consumers. This was disclosed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the 159th meeting of Board of Directors of H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation here today.

Chief Minister said that presently 29 medicine shops were being run by the Corporation in different government hospitals and complexes of health institutions. He said that State Government is committed to provide transparent and responsive governance to the people of the State.

Jai Ram Thakur said that CCTV cameras had been installed in 67 Whole Sale Godowns owned by the Corporation to keep surveillance on the godowns and efforts were on to bring remaining four godowns under it at the earliest. He said that steps were also being taken to bring all the 338 hired godowns under CCTV Cameras.

The Board of Directors gave its approval to regularize the services of those contract employees who have completed three years of continuous services as on 31st March, 2019 and 30th September, 2019 working in the Corporation. It also decided to regularize the services of daily wage employees, who have completed five years of services as on 30th September, 2018. It also gave its nod to hire services of out sourced employees in the Corporation for its smooth and effective functioning.

Vice Chairman, HP State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited Baldev Tomar welcomed the Chief Minister and assured him that Corporation would work with commitment and renewed zeal to come upto the expectations of the people of the State. He thanked the Chief Minister for evincing keen interest in the functioning of the Corporation.

Managing Director of the Corporation B.C. Badalia conducted the proceedings of the meeting.

Non Official Members of the Board of the Directors Bhim Sen, Bina Thakur, Captain Ramesh Chand Atwal and Bhima Ram (Bhishm)Thakur also gave their valuable suggestions in the meeting.

Additional Chief Secretary Finance Anil Kumar Khachi, Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies Onkar Chand Sharma, Director, Food and Civil Supplies Madan Chauhan and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.

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Chief Secretary presents his book to Governor Acharya Devvrat

Chief Secretary B.K. Agarwal presented a book titled "Land Registration: Global Practices and Lessons for India" authored by him to Governor Acharya Devvrat at Raj Bhawan today.

Appreciating the efforts of Shri Agarwal, the Governor said that the book gives a global view of the registration system with focus on the Indian land registration system, issues and challenges. This book discusses in a scientific manner about the pros and cons of both types of registration and will help the readers to gain a detailed understanding of global land registration practices besides providing knowledge on how other countries are managing their records.

Acharya Devvrat said that this book is a must-read for practitioners of law relating to land and property and for policy makers looking at land record form as a part of larger economic reform. The law students aiming to understand the Indian land registration system and how land registration is done around the world, will also benefit immensely from this work.

The book contains a comparative analysis land registration system of Germany, UK, Australia, USA, France and Netherlands. It explains detailed analysis of replicability of each of these systems in the Indian context. It also provides a comparative analysis of laws regarding maintenance of land and title records in four Indian states–Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and West Bengal.

He has addressed the problems and strength of the current system of the Indian registration system and advocates not to replace the current system but to implement some constructive changes that will provide better results. He also discusses in detail the different systems of land registration and the comparative study of deed and title registration helps the readers to understand wide spectrum of land registration system in a very simple manner. It covers not only the challenges encountered by the Indian registration system but also recommends some feasible solutions which will be helpful in solving larger issues.

It is pertinent to mention that B.K. Agarwal has a long experience of land administration and during his service period he has successfully redressed various important administrative works especially the matters relating to the revenue.