Multiplexes in Himachal to be exempt from entertainment tax for 5 years

Shimla: The Himachal cabinet on Friday decided to exempt multiplexes set up after May, 2007 from entertainment tax for a five year period, approved an ordinance for releasing revised pay scales for judicial officers and created 13 posts of medical teachers at Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.

Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the cabinet decided to exempt multiplexes coming into commercial operation after 26th May, 2007 and upto 25th May, 2012 from payment of entertainment tax for a period of 5 years in accordance with the provisions of the industrial policy, 2004, a cabinet spokesman state.

The cabinet did approve issuance of an ordinance for making amendment in the schedule of HP Judicial Officers (Pay and Conditions of Service) Act, 2003 for releasing the revised pay scale to the judicial officers of the state.

Approval for setting up a permanent Lok Adalat at Una was also granted by cabinet.

To meet the needs of additional teaching staff at Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla after its MBBS seats have been increased from 65 to 100 and post graduate seats increased from 39 to 70, the cabinet cleared creation of 13 posts of professors, associate professors and assistant professors.

Approval for recruiting dental medical officers was granted with the conditionality that 50 percent be recruited on a batch-wise basis and the other half through direct recruitment.

The cabinet approved a mobile laboratory for spot diagnostic testing of ailing animals in the districts of Mandi, Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti and Hamirpur. The mobile laboratory would help farmers to avail better health care facilities for their domestic animals and the vehicle would be under the supervision of Animal Health Care Diagnosis Laboratory, Mandi.

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