Shimla: The Himachal cabinet on Friday approved setting up of a commission for poorer sections of general category and also approved the draft excise policy for 2012-13 and the supplementary demands for 2011-12.
Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the commission was mandated with making recommendations to formulate polices for development of economical backward sections of general category, a cabinet spokesman stated. The cabinet also sanctioned 16 posts for making the commission functional.
In face of agitations from private sector transporters, the government rescinded an earlier cabinet decision (3 December, 2011) about rationalization of token tax and decided to revert back to old rate of taxes with immediate effect.
Income levels for being counted among rural and urban poor were raised to Rs 30,000 per annum by the cabinet. This will enable them to avail benefits under Swarojgar Yojna, Ambedkar Laghu Rin Yojna, Aadivasi Mahila Sashaktikaran Yojna and Hast Shilp Vikas Yojna, being executed through HP Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Development Corporation to provide housing subsidy, scholarships and other benefits said the spokesman.
Approval was given to shift toll tax barrier from Bagheri to Tikari in Baddi-Barotiwala area of district Solan; close down the toll tax barrier at Shelaghora, near Naina Devi, in district Bilaspur and open one new on at Minus in district Sirmour.
The cabinet also decided to exempt ‘Aerial Rope Ways’ from entertainment duty for five years and reduce the existing 100 percent tax to 10 percent on all other types of entertainment activities in the state.