Himachal Cabinet Issues Himalayan Ski Village Notice, Fines Brakel Rs 280.69 Crore

Shimla: Short of cancelling the multi-million dollar Himalayan Ski Village project, the Himachal cabinet late on Friday decided to issue a show cause notice to the executing company seeking an explanation for not fulfilling various mandatory requirements pointed out by the state government.

Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the cabinet also decided to impose a penalty of Rs 280,69,97,974 on the promoters of Brakel Corporation, which has been equated with the up-front premium paid and interest thereon after the government at an earlier meet decided to cancel allocation of 960 MW Jangi-Thopan-Powari project for misrepresentation of facts.

It was decided to re-advertise the power project of Sumta (104 MW), Rashil (102 MW), Tandi (104 MW), Sumte Kothang (130 MW) and Patam (60 MW) and invite fresh bids.

The cabinet approved setting up of Himachal Pradesh Technical University at Hamirpur and agreed in principle to grant loan for starting the institution.

It was decided to continue with the market intervention scheme for fruit growers and approved procurement of B and C grade citrus fruits of Kinnow, Malta, Sangtra at Rs. 5.85 per kg and Rs. 5.25 per kg. respectively and Galgal fruit at Rs. 4.15 per kg. The Scheme will be enforce from December 4, 2009 to February 15, 2010.

It decided to bring about a legislation in the forthcoming session under Himachal Pradesh Hindu Religious Institution and Charitable Endowment Act, 1984, to dispose off gold and silver donated by devotees in the notified religious shrines of the state.

HP State Electricity Board was authorized to implement the revised pay scales to its employees from 1st January, 2006.
Approval was given for launching the centrally sponsored Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan program for classes from 9th to 12th standard.

Monthly remunerations for 66 contractual medical officers was enhanced from Rs 16,000 to Rs 26,250 for general duty doctors and from Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000 for specialists. The decision would also benefit 279 medical officers appointed under Rogi Kalyan Samitis, a cabinet spokesman said.

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