Himachal cabinet for handloom package, sops for lower rung employees

Shimla: The Himachal cabinet approved special handloom package, declared rates for e-services at Lok Mitra kiosks, created a new corporation ropeway projects, allotted 30 small hydro projects and announced an additional increment for an army of Class IV employees who have completed 20 years of service.

Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the cabinet on Friday gave its assent to sign a MoU for implementation of a Rs 9.12 crore special handloom project. To be implemented on a 90:10 ratio basis by the central and state government, the state would have to constitute state and district level committees for implementing the project.

Likely to cost the public exchequer annually Rs 16.56 Cr, the cabinet approved an additional increment for Class IV employees on completion of 20 years of service. To be handed out from August 1, 2012, the sop is expected to benefit over 23,000 government employees.

Tribal allowance for employees serving in hard areas has been increased from Rs 200 to 300.

The cabinet approved creation of Himachal Pradesh Ropeway Corporation, to oversee the implementation of all the ropeway projects as well as take up projects on PPP/BOT mode wherever potential exists.

Of the hydro project allotted by the cabinet 24 are for Himachali entrepreneurs and 7 for others. The total power generation potential of these projects is 57.95 MW, said a cabinet spokesman.

For collecting electricity, telephone and water bills besides downloading e-forms, uploading citizen requests and scanning, uploading and printing of documents, the cabinet approved service charges to be levied at Lok Mitra Kendras opened in rural areas of the state.

The cabinet decided to amend Rule 66 of the HP Value Added Tax Rules, 2005, by bringing small and medium dealers under Deemed Assessment category.

It was decided to the private university acts in the upcoming monsoon session.

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