Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its meeting held here today decided to launch the ambitious ‘Mata Shabri Mahila Sashaktikaran Yojna’ in the State and provide 50 percent subsidy to 5,100 eligible women of scheduled caste category belonging to BPL families against the proposed target of 5,000, on purchase of LPG Gas connection thereby relieving them from collecting fuel wood for cooking purposes and save forests of the State.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal presided over the Meeting. It has been decided to launch a scheme for providing alternate self-employment opportunities to sex workers in the State and name the same suitably. The Scheme aims at providing them vocational training to make them self dependent; rehabilitate through Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) based on Modular Employable Skills by a network of it is identified by the Department of Technical Education; assist in securing loans for establishing self-employment ventures to women trained under the Scheme; provide back-ended capital subsidy on loans provided through HP “Mahila Vikas Nigam” and to arrange retail outlets for the products manufactured by them.

It granted approval to the introduction of Himachal Pradesh Special Court Bill, 2011 and includes attachment of disputed property of the accused acquired through corrupt means, during trial period of the case, and lay the same on the floor of the House during ensuing Monsoon Session of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

It granted extension to non achiever of established milestones IPPs executing hydro electric projects in different parts of the State, on payment of extension fee of Rs. 10,000 per MW per month with a view to enable IPPs obtain clearances and start construction work within the permitted time frame with no further extension thereafter.

It granted sanction to open Primary Health Centres at Churag, in Karsog Sub-Division of district Mandi; Guru Ka Lahor in district Bilaspur; Bheri in district Kangra and upgrade Community Health Centre at Manali to Civil Hospital (50 bed capacity) and sanctioned 12 posts of different categories to make the same functional.

It sanctioned 22 posts of different categories to make newly sanctioned Industrial Training Institutes at Khundian in district Kangra and Dalash in district Kullu to make both of them functional on priority.

Cabinet approved Amendments in the Himachal Pradesh Taxation (on Certain Goods Carried by Road) (Amendment) Bill, 2011; Himachal Pradesh Passengers and Goods Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2011; Himachal Pradesh Tax on Luxuries (in Hotels and Lodging Houses) Bill, 2011, providing traders facility

of e-filing of their returns and e-payment of tax and approved draft of Himachal Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area Act, 2011, for laying the same on the floor of the House during forthcoming Monsoon Session of HP State Legislative Assembly for approval.

It decided to provide an opportunity to class IV employees of different departments seeking promotion to Class III, to quality type test on computer instead of manual typewriter.

It granted permission to Coastal Projects Limited to set up a stone crusher in mohal Katinda, Tehsil Jubbal, district Shimla to supply grit to Sawra-Kuddu Hydro Electric Power Project as a special case.

It granted approval to the implementation of Food Safety and Standard Bill, 2011. The designated officers in the district shall function under the overall supervision of District Magistrate/Collector of the district concerned.

It approved Amendment in Document Writers Licensing Rules, 1971 with a view to generate employment avenues to more educated unemployed youth in the State.

It approved Amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue Act, 1954 and Himachal Pradesh Appropriation (No. 3) Bill, 2011 for laying in ensuing Monsoon Session of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

It repealed the existing Recruitment and Promotion Rules of the Assistant Professor (College Cadre) of Government Degree Colleges in Higher Education Department; Assistant Professor (Computer Engineering) Class-I (Gazetted) in Jawaharlal Nehru Government Engineering College, Sundernagar; Deputy Director (Statistics) Class-I (Gazetted) in the Department of Animal Husbandry.

It sanctioned one car to Land Acquisition Officer, Shimla, to facilitate frequent field visits.

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