Himachal cabinet for action on Benami Commission report

Retired Judge DP Sood handing Benami Commission report: File Photo
Shimla: Accepting the one man Benami Commission report, the Himachal cabinet today directed revenue and home departments to take action as recommended in the cases pointed out in the document.

Presided over by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the cabinet also gave its not for adopting a policy for capacity enhancement for optimization and levying of capacity addition charges to regulate the hydropower projects seeking capacity enhancement over and above the approved capacity.

At the same time the cabinet also approved to adopt a policy for extension in milestones on change of domain and shifting of scheduled commercial operation date on grant of extension for projects.

The cabinet approved grant of permission to re-locate the 30MW Malana-III hydropower project in Kullu district as it also decided to enhance capacity of 9 MW Beas Kund hydropower project to 12 MW by allowing setting up a separate unit to generate 3 MW additional power.

A 20 bedded Ayurvedic Hospital at Hamirpur was upgraded to a 50 bedded Hospital by the cabinet.
Section 14 of Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue Act was amended by the cabinet. “It was done with a view to make the same more rational and practical for implementation,” said a cabinet spokesman.

It was approved to simplify and rationalize stamp duty and registration fee structure with a view to facilitate the people in the State.

Approval was granted to the Draft Himachal Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area Rules, 2012.

Permission was granted to recruit 800 constables in state police force. Cabinet also approved to upgrade police posts at Kala Amb, District Sirmour and Fatehpur, District Kangra, as full fledged Police Stations, besides opening new Police Posts at Tanda, District Kangra, Tahliwal, District Una and Neoli (Sainj) District Kullu, to cater to the law and order services to the residents in the area.

It was approved to release bonus @ 8.33 percent to the left out officials and officers of Food and Civil Supplies Corporation for the financial years of 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. The maximum amount to be disbursed shall be not more than Rs. 3,500 in each case.

The cabinet approved purchase one new vehicle for Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta and one vehicle for HP State Seed and Organic Produce Certification Agency.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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