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Himachal Pradesh cabinet granted approval to adopt new parameters with regard to upgradation of Government Middle and High Schools

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its Meeting held here today decided to provide free appropriate transport facility to the students travelling daily to their educational institutions to study on foot, covering a minimum distance of 8 kilometers. It granted approval to adopt new parameters with regard to upgradation of Government Middle and High Schools. To upgrade a Middle School to High School the feeder school must have enrolment of atleast 25 students at middle standard and minimum walkable distance of 3 kms. from the nearest High School. To upgrade the Government High School to Senior Secondary School feeder High School must have enrolment of atleast 40 students at Matric level with minimum of 5 kilometers of distance from the nearest Government Senior Secondary School

Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, presided over the Meeting. It decided to continue implementation of Market Intervention Scheme for procurement of citrus fruits viz. Kinnow, Malta, Sangtra and procure B and C Grade citrus fruits @ Rs. 5.85 per kg. and Rs. 5.25 per kg. respectively and Galgal fruit @ Rs. 4.15 per kg during the intervening period of December 1, 2010 to February 15, 2011 to benefit the growers with remunerative prices in various terminal markets and also check their exploitation at the hands of middlemen and traders. HPMC, HIMFED and HP Agro Industries Corporation would be authorized procurement agencies to operate through 53 Collection Centres.

It granted approval to re-designate 297 Panchayat Sahayaks as Panchayat Secretary who have successfully completed prescribed eight years of service on March 31, 2010, on contract basis, on monthly contractual amount of Rs. 7,810.

Cabinet approved streamlining of the procedures of planning permissions and rationalization of the procedure of regulation of building maps approved in municipal areas and decided to constitute a Single Umbrella Committee, instead of individual committees, for considering building plans of Core, Restricted and Heritage areas of Municipal Corporation, Shimla. However, in case of Heritage area the Single Umbrella Committee will approve the maps on the recommendations of the Heritage Advisory Committee. The Committee shall meet at least once in a month for approval of the maps.

With a view to simplify the map approval process in rest of the State, empanelled Registered Architects would be designated authorities to approve building plans/maps as per regulations and bye laws etc. However, Special Area Development Authority will be empowered to check any such plan submitted by the Registered Architect to verify the authenticity of such plan. In case of breach of law by the Architects, penal action will be taken against them.

The House owners, who have constructed their buildings without mandatory planning permission, but have followed the planning norms, will be allowed to submit their building plans for composition by paying an amount equal to 10 times of the normal planning permission fee.

It authorized the Department of Information Technology to enter into Supplementary Agreements for operating Common Service Centres 'Lok Mitra Kendra' through M/s Zoom Developers in Kangra Division, M/s Tera Soft and GNG in Shimla and Mandi Divisions to provide people various facilities to the common man through them.

It approved opening of Primary Health Centre at Panjai, District Mandi and Chakmoh in district Hamirpur and upgradation of Primary Health Centre, Darlaghat in district Solan, Mandap in district Mandi, Sainj in district Kullu to Community Health Centres and Health Sub-Centre, Sharda in Mashobra Block of district Shimla and Palchan in district Kullu to Primary Health Centre and fill up vacancies of medical and para-medicals through internal rationalization and peons from amongst the surplus pool of the employees created by the Government.

It approved changes in Regulation in Shimla for according Planning Permission and Change in Land Use and decided to reduce size of plot from 250 sq. meters to 200 sq. meters with reduction in the front and set back from 3 meters to 2 meters.

It approved shifting of Irrigation and Public Health Sub-Division, Tarsooh in Bassi Division of district Bilaspur operating under Changer Medium Irrigation Scheme alongwith its staff to Jukhala in the same district and rename it as Irrigation and Public Health Sub-Division, Jukhala.

It approved leasing of 80.53 hectares of Government land in favour of Baba Balak Nath Temple Trust for 99 years on a token lease fee of Re. 1.00 per month to construct Gau Sadan in Mouja Dhatwal, district Hamirpur to provide shelter to the astrayed animals in and around the area.

It approved The Himachal Pradesh Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2010 and 2nd Amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Area Act, 2010.

It granted approval to lease out Trekkers Hostel at Haripur Dhar in district Sirmour for a period of three years initially.

It approved draft of The Himachal Pradesh Anatomy (Amendment) Bill, 2010 and Amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Municipalities Act, 2010 to incorporate provisions of direct election to the posts of Presidents and Vice-Presidents in various Municipalities in the State and place the same before the HP Legislative Assembly during its Winter Session.

It approved 2nd Amendment in the Himachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 2010 and Amendment in Section 35-A of the Himachal Pradesh University Act.

It approved new Recruitment and Promotion Rules of Principal, Rajiv Gandhi Government Ayurvedic College, Paprola.

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