Dhumal cabinet rains sops in election year

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Shimla: The Himachal cabinet besides approving implementation of JNNURM projects and reducing fee for renewal of vehicle registration charges, enhanced social security pensions, increased honorariums for panchayat chowkidars, part time water carriers, primary assistant teachers and increased cash incentives for two girls of BPL families under Beti Hai Anmol scheme.

Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the cabinet approved to implement and execute detailed project reports under JNNURM to Build, Refurbish, Rehabilitate, Operate and Maintain the Water Supply and Sewerage System of Shimla Town on BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer) basis under PPP mode.

By amending Rule 47-A of Himachal Pradesh Motor Vehicle Rule, 1999 the cabinet decided to reduce late fee charges for delay in renewal of registration certificates substantially.

Social security pension to eligible 2,77,817 beneficiaries was increased from Rs 330 to Rs 400 per month by the cabinet and to veterans of above 80 years of age from Rs 500 to Rs 600.

Cash incentives under the Beti Hai Anmol scheme were increased from Rs 5100 to Rs 10,000 besides handing out scholarships ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 1500 fo r the girl child from first class to plus two level.

Honorariums of 3539 primary assistant teachers were increased from Rs 2500-6000 to Rs 6500 and from 2000-4500 to Rs 5000 for untrained teachers.

Honorarium of 3,243 Panchayat Chowkidars was increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs. 1,200 per month; honorarium of 2,058 tailoring and embroidery teachers from Rs 1,400 to Rs 1,600 and honorarium of 9,824 part time water carriers from Rs 1,200 to Rs. 1,300 per month. The increase would be affected from April 1, 2012, a cabinet spokesman said.
The cabinet decided to make Industrial Training Centre, Baijnath functional from current academic session with two vocational courses to begin with.

Authorized share capital of HP OBC Finance and Development Corporation, from Rs. 10 crore to Rs. 11 crore.

The cabinet decided to amend HP Minor Minerals (Concession) Revised Rules, 1971 for making modifications in policy guidelines for registration, location, installation and working of stone crushers.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

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