Cabinet Meeting

The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet accorded approval for creation and filling up of more than 3000 posts of various categories besides thousands of part time workers, contingent paid workers, contract employees and daily wagers who were given due benefits.

Cabinet, in its meeting under Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, gave its nod for filling up of 135 posts of Junior Engineers (Civil) on contract basis which includes 15 posts for MC Shimla also.

It also decided to fill up 10 posts of Junior Engineer (Mechanical), another 10 posts of Junior Engineers (Electrical) in public works department by way of direct recruitment on contract basis through H.P Subordinate Services Selection Board (HPSSSB). Besides, 10 posts of Junior Engineer (Civil) will be filled up by promotion of the Surveyors possessing Diploma/Degree in civil engineering in relaxation to R&P Rules.

The Cabinet approved to create 18 posts for newly opened government college Takipur, Lanj and Dadasiba in district Kangra. It also approved and filling up one post of class four in each Patwar circle thereby total of 2288 posts.

Approval was accorded by Cabinet to fill up 60 posts of Clerks in public works department through direct recruitment on contract basis through Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Selection Board (HPSSSB).

The permission was granted to fill up 70 vacant posts of different categories in Technical institutions. The Cabinet accorded its approval for creating various posts for the three new medical colleges to be set up at Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan as per the requirements of the Medical Council of India. Decision was taken to fill up 100 vacant posts of Ayurvedic Medical Officers besides ten vacant posts of staff nurses on batch-wise and contract basis in Ayurveda department.

50 posts of Junior Trainers were sanctioned to be filled up in department of Youth Services and Sports on contract basis besides filling up of three posts of District Attorney and 14 posts of Assistant District Attorney in Revenue department. Besides, Cabinet also accorded approval for three posts of Assistant District Attorneys through direct recruitment on contract basis in Irrigation & Public Health department from cadre of ADAs of the Prosecution department.

It also approved creation of 26 posts of different categories in various SADA areas in the State in order to regularise the services of Daily Wagers/ contractual employees working in the Special Area Development Areas (SADAs).

Approval was granted for filling up of nine vacant posts of Assistant Professors in government medical colleges by direct recruitment. Besides, decision was taken to fill up 50 posts of Horticulture Extension Officers in Horticulture department.

Cabinet accorded approval for filling up 12 posts of Managers (Class-II, gazetted) on contract basis in the department of industries. Three posts of Child Development Projects Officers will also be filled up on contract basis.

The Cabinet approved filling up 100 posts of Class-IV in H.P Secretariat by direct recruitment. Besides, it also gave approval for filling 20 posts of sweepers in the Secretariat. Cabinet gave its nod for filling up five posts of Junior Scale Stenographers through direct recruitment on contract basis from the wards of the Ex-Servicemen in HP Secretariat.

The Cabinet also decided for regularizing the services of contract employees of the different departments who have completed five years of service on 31 March, 2015 and also to increase the maternity leave period of women employees working on contract from 112 days to 136 days. It also decided for regularizing services of daily waged / contingent paid workers, who have completed seven years of continuous service as on 31 March, 2015.

Other Decisions

The Cabinet decided to prepare the detailed project report for Chamunda-Holi and Tissa-Killar tunnel projects.

It was decided to establish State Project Management Unit (SPU) of the Himachal Pradesh Forest Eco-system Climate Proofing Project at Dharmashala along-with creation of posts.

The Cabinet decided to increase the export pass fee on resin extracted from private areas which is exported out of the State from Rs. 2 to Rs. 7 per kilogram at the rate of 10 percent of the purchase price.

It gave nod for implementation of Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for apple and mango crops for the year 2015.

The Cabinet approved the award of contract for Dharamsala-Macleodganj ropeway project under tourism department

Decision was taken to take over Devi Mindhal Mata temple in Pangi valley of district Chamba under government control.

It proposed to amend Rule 7 of Central Sales Tax (Himachal Pradesh) Rules, 1970 linked with filing of returns. The Cabinet approved amendment in Rule 50 regarding turn over limit as ‘up to Rs. 25 lakh’ in place of ‘above Rs. 8 lakh to 25 lakh’. It also decided to amend Rule 45, 50 and 50(4) of HPVAT Rules, 2005.

The Cabinet decided to exempt the entire stamp duty and registration fee on instruments of mortgage without possession executed by farmers and in respect of agriculturists loans amounting to maximum of Rs. 10 lakhs and self -help groups upto Rs 10 lakhs too, obtained from Cooperative, Nationalised and private banks. It also decided that the stamp duty and registration fee on instruments of mortgage without possession executed by the bona-fied Himachali students in respect of education loans amounting to maximum of Rs. 7.50 lakh, will be exempted.