H.P government takes important decisions in the Cabinet meeting

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Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Decisions

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its Meeting held here today decided to adopt revised  guidelines regarding Local Area Development Fund (LADF) in relation to Hydro Power Projects.The existing guidelines issued under the State Hydro Policy, 2006, needed change to address some gaps and difficulties being faced by the local areas, power producers and district administration.

 The most important feature of the new guidelines is a provision for the manner in which 1 percent free power to be made available by the power producer in addition to the 12 percent free power to the State Government, shall be allocated.  This one percent free power will be distributed annually as a cash transfer to every family in the project affected area of the project to the extent of 85 percent.  The balance 15 percent will be distributed as addition to all the BPL families in the project affected area.  This cash transfer to each family will be based on the receipts from sale of the free power by the Directorate of Energy every year.  It will result in life long benefit to all the families in project affected areas.  It sis expected that this will give boost to hydel project development by creating a direct interest amongst local stake holders in the project completion.  It is for the first time that such a step has been taken by any State in the Country and it is in keeping with the best practices of benefit sharing internationally.

 Among other changes brought out about its revision in the Local Area Development Fund Guidelines is a concept of separate Committees under the district administration for each project with the project developer as Member Secretary instead of one Committee for the entire district.  Concerned MLA shall be represented on all these Local Area Development Committees.  The guidelines enhance the autonomy of Gram Panchayats to decide on schemes to be taken up out of the initial funding to Local Area Development Fund and in the selection of implementation agencies.  They clarify the concept of project affected area and project affected zone and make a provision of normative allocation of funds for schemes in the project area during construction of a project.  For smaller projects, care has been taken to ensure that wards of Gram Panchayats alone can be defined as Project affected areas so that funds are not spent in other places.  The flexibility of number of instalments and timing of contribution to Local Area Development Fund in the existing guidelines has been removed and a classification based on project size has been introduced to impart a clear focus to Committee functions, schemes that can be taken up and the people who can benefit.

 It has been decided to launch ‘Mukhya Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojna’ (Model Village), aimed at integrated development of selected two villages in each of the Assembly Segment  the State having more than 40 percent Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes population (a minimum of 200 souls), to create infrastructural facilities of road network, water supply, sanitation and street lights etc..   Rs. 10 lakh will be provided for infrastructure development to each assembly segment under the Scheme, in addition to regular budget provisions, and,  all other government activities/schemes will be converged to ensure that  it becomes a model of development.

 It granted approval to the revised Service Charges of Government Services under Lok Mitra Project in the State.   Revised Service Charges for electricity bill collection would be Rs. 5 per domestic bill to be shared by consumer and Board equally; for Nakal Jamabandi charges would be Rs. 10 per page to be borne by the applicant while redressal of grievance/demand through e-Samadhan  would be charged at Rs. 10 per page to be borne by the citizen.  Provision of additional G2C services will also be available at Lok Mitra Kendras.

 It granted sanction to create 40 posts of Junior Coach in Youth Services and Sports on contract basis and re-designate two posts of Life Safe Guard-cum-Coach and one post of Sports Coach as Junior Coach to give renewed momentum to the sports activities in the State, especially in rural areas and 28 posts of different categories in the office of Advocate General, Himachal Pradesh.   4 posts of Principal (College Cadre to be filled up on direct recruitment basis) in Higher Education Department through HP Public Service Commission.

 It granted approval to convert 8 B.Ed. qualified EGS Instructors as Gram Vidya Upasak (EGS).

It approved relaxation of 5 percent in the minimum qualifying marks to the SCs/STs, OBCs and Handicap categories of candidates in State Teachers Eligibility Test.

It granted approval for construction of multi-storey parkings at Chhota Shimla, Sanjauli and Lift  of capital town of Shimla, facilitating parking  of   250, 388 and 700,  respectively, total capacity of 1,338 vehicles.  It would go a long way in easing traffic congestion created by road side parking in the town besides catering to the parking requirements of vehicles entering the capital town from different directions. 

 It approved new Recruitment and Promotion Rules of Assistant Director/Assistant Controller (Gazetted—Class I) in Finance Department.

It sanctioned vehicles for and Chairman, 4th State Finance Commission, Director, newly created Women and Child Development Department and Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Karsog