Himachal Cabinet approves Kullu valley development plan, moves to restructure PSUs

Shimla: To bring about planned growth in Kullu valley, the state cabinet on Thursday approved a development plan for left out areas of the valley even as it gave it nod for auctioning land owned by a PSU in Chennai, approved transfer of land to technical education for setting up an engineering college in Kotkhai and decided to restructure the General Industries Corp.

Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the cabinet approved the Kullu valley development plan for creating quality public amenities of parking lots and warehousing complex at Palchan, a fruits and vegetable regulated markets at Patlikuhal and Bandrol (Alu Ground) so was to balance the needs of resident and tourists.

By putting a reserve price of Rs 156 million, the cabinet approved auctioning of land owned by HPMC at Chennai. It also approved transfer of land owned by Agro Industrial Packaging India Limited in Kotkhai of technical education department, free of cost, for opening of an engineering college.

To revamp the HP General Industries Corp Ltd, the cabinet granted permission to restructure the PSU.

The cabinet decided to authorize Lok Mitra Kendras (IT enabled kiosks) to issue domicile, scheduled caste & tribe certification. Reservation in jobs was extended to outstanding sportspersons by approving a 3 % quota for national and international medal winners.

An Amendment in Himachal Pradesh Lease Rules, 1993 was approved to provide concessions to private power producers who are executing projects with 2 MW capacity by reducing existing lease rate from 18 percent to 15 percent.

A fire post at Theog with requisite staff and machinery was sanctioned for meeting out emergencies.

The cabinet gave its nod to fill up 536 posts of different categories, which included 300 constables in police department through direct recruitment, a drug controller with 4 inspectors for better drug administration, 155 posts of clerks in the education department and 65 posts of scientific, technical and non-technical personnel.

The cabinet also adopted a resolution to thank the electors for their cooperation in successfully completing the electoral process to the Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies by maintaining peace and harmony.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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