Shimla: For delays in executing hydropower project, the Himachal cabinet on Monday levied extension fee on 12 projects, approved a draft bills for confiscating property acquired through corrupt means and gave its nod launching a self-employment scheme for sex workers.
Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the cabinet approved a scheme for rehabilitating sex workers by providing them with vocational training to make them self reliant. Besides the training, the women would be assisted in securing loans for self-employment ventures, provided back-ended capital subsidy and retail outlet linkages would be arranged for marketing the products under the scheme, said a cabinet spokesman.
For not starting construction work within an agreed upon time frame, the cabinet imposed an fee Rs 10,000 per MW per month on 12 projects for delays. An amount of Rs 2.15 crore per month would be realized by the fee imposed, said a spokesman of the power ministry.
Permission was granted to Coastal Projects Limited for setting up a stone crusher in Jubbal to supply grit to under construction Sawra-Kuddu hydro project.
The cabinet gave its nod for introduction of Himachal Pradesh Special Court Bill, 2011 in the upcoming monsoon session. The proposed law provides for attachment of disputed property of the accused that is acquired through corrupt means during trial period of the case.
A draft of HP Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area Act, 2011 to be discussed in the monsoon session was approved.
For enabling traders to e-file returns and make e-payments of tax, the cabinet approved amendments in the HP Taxation (on Certain Goods Carried by Road) (Amendment) Bill, 2011; HP Passengers and Goods Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2011; HP Tax on Luxuries (in Hotels and Lodging Houses) Bill, 2011.
An amendment in the Document Writers Licensing Rules, 1971 was approved. This would help to generate employment avenues, said a cabinet spokesman.
Cabinet gave its nod for carrying out amendments in HP Land Revenue Act, 1954 and HP Appropriation (No. 3) Bill, 2011.
Cabinet also approved implementation of Food Safety and Standard Bill, 2011.
Under the â€˜Mata Shabri Mahila Sashaktikaran Yojnaâ€™ scheme the cabinet approved selecting of 5100 eligible scheduled caste women from BPL families for purchasing LPG connections at 50% subsidized rates, this would relieve them from collecting fuel wood and also save forest wealth.
Approval was granted for opening three primary health centers, one at Churag in Karson, another at Guru Ka Lahor in Bilaspur and the third one at Bheri in Kangra district. It was also decided to upgrade the Manali community health centre to a 50 bedded civil hospital.