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3546Cabinet accepts proposal for Shimla development plan

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  • chandwani01
    Apr 18, 2012
      Cabinet accepts proposal for Shimla development plan
      Tribune News Service

      Shimla, April 18
      The government today accepted in principle the proposal of the Town and Country Planning Department for a development plan for the "Shimla Planning Area" and decided to extend the social security pension cover to all those aged above 60 years and residing in various old-age homes in the state.

      The state Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, also decided to release the "revised secretariat pay" to different categories of employees working in the state secretariat, the Governor's secretariat, the State Public Service Commission, the state high court, the Vidhan Sabha and the Lokayukta on the analogy of Punjab with effect from December 1, 2011.

      While accepting the development plan proposal, it decided that the possibility of acquiring vacant plots in the green area should be explored by the Shimla Municipal Corporation. It approved various amendments to the Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Rules in light of the objections and suggestions received. The Cabinet decided to extend the time limit for preparation of detailed project reports in respect of the hydroelectric projects allotted for execution in Dodra-Kwar in Shimla district, Lahaul and Spiti district and the Pangi area of Chamba to 36 months in view of the difficult geographical conditions.

      It allowed extension to projects at an advanced stage of execution by charging an extension fee at the rate of Rs 10,000 per MW per month, to be deposited within 30 days of the issuance of the approval letter. The companies will be required to pay 12 per cent interest in case of non-deposit of the extension charges. It cancelled the allotment of Upper Chanju and Lower Chanju projects in Chamba by terminating the MoUs for not adhering to the provisions.

      It decided to open gymnasia in all 3,243 gram panchayats in the state and approved a higher education allowance of Rs 5,000 per month for specialised medical officers possessing a postgraduate degree and Rs 2,000 per month for others with a diploma in different disciplines of medical sciences.

      It decided to grant a relaxation of 5 per cent in the minimum qualifying marks in the Teachers Eligibility Test for posts of TGT (Arts, Medical and Non-Medical), Shastri, Language Teacher and JBT, to the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, OBCs and differently abled categories. It accepted the compliance report in respect of Maharaja Agarsen Technical Education Society and the AP Goyal Charitable Trust for setting up private universities.