Himachal industrial policy to be more green friendly

Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh government today decided to amend the industrial policy of the state to make it more environment friendly .

The state cabinet which met here decided to promote environmentally sustainable development in the state and promote cleaner production and adoption .

It decided to put disincentive industries on negative list and promote public disclosure of pollution status at the unit and cluster .

The cabinet also gave its approval to increase the term of the benami land deals inquiry commission by three months to provide additional time to the public to bring cases relating to benami land deals to the notice of the commission .

The state motor vehicles rules has been amended to reduce special registration fee of choice numbers from 0101 to 9999 from Rs 20,000 to Rs 5,000 . Apparently there are few takers of choice numbers due to high charges .

Approval was granted for pre-poning of the date of completion of high security registration plates scheme in existing vehicles from Nov 14 , 2013 to June 2012 .

A nod was also given to amend the first schedule of the state minor minerals(concession) revised rule to revise existing rates of royalty of minor minerals .

It has been decided to grant concessions for extraction , exploitation of minor minerals including mining of minor minerals in hill slopes to interested private parties in Sirmaur district .

The cabinet also decided to de-reserve the post of the deputy mayor in the municipal corporation ahead of the civic polls in Shimla next summer .

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