Himachal cabinet for amending apartment act, decides to hold winter session on Dec 6-9

Shimla: Himachal cabinet approved amendments in the HP Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 2005; decided set up HP Load Dispatch Society as part of power reforms, approved amendments in the HP Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area Act, 2010 even as it decided to hold the winter session at Tapovan in Dharamshala from December 6 to 9.

Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the cabinet at its meeting decided to recommend to the assembly speaker about convening the Winter Session at Tapovan, Dharamshala from December 6 to 9, 2010.

Besides the cabinet approving constituting of the Himachal Pradesh Load Dispatch Society under the Power Department it also approved extension in the date of filing Annual Returns for 2009-10 under Section 63 of the H.P.VAT Act, 2005 from October 31, 2010 to November 16, 2010, to provide traders more time to file their papers with concerned authorities.

The approval for amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 2005 has been done to make it more transparent and pragmatic for effective implementation, said a cabinet spokesman.

The cabinet approved amendment in the Procurement Policy of medicines and other material by Rogi Kalyan Samitis and decided that Samitis would be providing free medicines to the eligible categories of outdoor patients subject to availability of budget under disease pattern and actual evaluation of the demand to be determined by the respective Samitis. Members of the BPL Families, accidental and emergency patients and patients without any attendant would be eligible to draw medicines as per the Policy of the State Government.

It decided to deliver the benefit of land for house building in rural and urban areas and include member of the family eligible for allotment of two biswa of land in rural areas and one biswa of land in urban areas for construction of houses who are likely to inherit less than the above limit land from their ancestors, while their father is living, with a view to bring newly eligible people under the fold of the Scheme and also extend date for receipt of applications from eligible persons from 5th October, 2010 to 31st December, 2010 to provide opportunities to more eligible people to apply.

It approved amendment in Himachal Pradesh Social Security (Pension/Allowances) Rules, 2010 enhancing total income of the beneficiary from all sources from Rs. 17,000 to Rs. 24,000 to bring more old, widows, handicapped, destitute women and single women under the fold of the Scheme.

It further approved New Policy for procurement of medical equipments, electronics, non-electronics, chemicals and linens etc. for various State Medical, Ayurvedic Colleges, Dental Clinics, Ayurveda and Allopathic Health Institutions.

It approved extension of six months in the contractual period of 64 Dental Medical Officers working in various health institutions in the State.

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