Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its meeting held here today approved amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj (Election) Act, 1994 by incorporating the provision of convening subsequent meetings after initial two meetings to elect Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samities. In case of non-filling up of the vacancy resulting due to no confidence motion or indirect elections of the Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samities due to incomplete quorum of the house, punitive action shall be initiated against the public representatives absenting themselves from the election proceedings.
Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, presided over the meeting.
It approved amendment in the Town and Country Planning Act, 1978 to regularize the unauthorized constructions only in residential accommodations carried upto 30th June, 2006. Applications can be made to Director of Town and Country Planning upto 28th February, 2009 which shall be decided by 30th June, 2009 by the competent authority.
It further approved the proposed Guidelines under Appendix-I of Rule 10-A and 10-B of the Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Rules, 1978, for development of Information Technology Park in Waknaghat Planning Area in District Solan.
It consented to place the Eternal University (Establishment and Regulation) Bill, 2008, in the coming Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Session to replace the Eternal University (Establishment and Regulation) Ordinance, 2008 and Chitkara University (Establishment and Regulation) Bill, 2008 by replacing the Chitkara University (Establishment and Regulation) Ordinance, 2008.
It approved creation of 20 supernumerary posts of Superintendant Grade II in H.P. Secretariat to provide additional promotional avenues to the Secretariat employees.
It approved amendments in Recruitment and Promotion Rules for the Posts of District Public Relations Officers/Information Officers (Class-I Gazetted) in the Department of Information and Public Relations; Lecturer (College Cadre) (Class-I Gazetted) in the Department of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh.
Cabinet approved relaxation in the Recruitment and Promotion Rules of the teachers of Government Medical College and Government Dental College by allowing one time relaxation in the probation period who otherwise fulfill desired experience and eligibility criteria for promotion as prescribed by the Indian Medical Council/Indian Dental Council to fill up the existing vacancies and also exempt the teachers of the Government Dental College from the condition of qualifying Departmental Examination.
It approved the amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Public Record Act, 2006 to incorporate provision of management, administration and inspection of the record of the various departments of the State Government, Public Sector Undertakings, Constitutional Bodies and Corporations, Commissions and Committees constituted by the State Government etc. having historical value, by the Department of Language,Art and Culture, Himachal Pradesh.
It also approved transfer of land measuring 1017.50 square meters for the construction of the Police Station at Santokhgarh in district Una.
It sanctioned three vehicles one each for Block Development Officers of Pangi, Bharmour and Kaza and two vehicles to Information and Public Relations Department on replacement basis.
The cabinet was apprised through a detailed presentation by the Principal Secretary, Rural Development about the implementation of various programmes under NREGA in the State.