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HP: Fiscal aid scheme for rape victims amended

HT Correspondent  Shimla, March 07, 2013
First Published: 22:11 IST(7/3/2013) | Last Updated: 13:09 IST(8/3/2013)

The Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Thursday decided to amend financial assistance and support services to rape victim - a scheme for restorative justice - changing the criteria for assistance.

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The assistance under the scheme will be available in those cases where FIRs have been registered on or after the date on which district-level Criminal Relief and Rehabilitation Boards were constituted or notified.

It was also decided to rename the scheme as Himachal Pradesh Financial Assistance and Support Services to Victims of Rape Scheme-2012.

The government also gave consent for issuance of Letter of Intent (LoI) to the applicants for grant of mining leases and renewal of mining lease, enabling them to apply for Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) clearance and completing other formalities.

The decision has been taken to shift PWD sub-division (horticulture) from Shimla to Solan.
The cabinet decided to re-look into the amendments made in certain clauses of the hydropower policy by the previous government.

The decision was taken to continue with the existing policy of sanctioning cases of compassionate appointments with the approval of the finance department.

The cabinet also granted its approval for budget estimates of the financial year 2013-14. Further, the cabinet gave approval for filling 11 vacant posts of tehsil welfare officer through direct recruitment on contract basis.

The cabinet decided to fill nine vacant posts of child development project officer in the social justice and empowerment department by direct recruitment on contract basis.
The decision has been taken to grant ex-post facto approval for depositing tax under Rule 40 (1) of HP Value Added Tax Rules.

As per the rules, every registered dealer is required to furnish self-assessment return quarterly, but due to heavy snowfall in tribal areas of the state, dealers of Kinnaur district could not file their returns in time, i.e. January 31, 2013, and they were granted extension up to February 28, 2013.

The cabinet gave sanction for creation of one post of advisor (media) in favour of Subhash Ahluwalia (retd), IAS, as co-terminus in the information and public relations department.

It was also decided to restore the status quo with reference to provisions in the post of R&P Rules for the post of supervisor in the social justice and empowerment department.

The cabinet also made a decision to insert new provisions in the HP Liquor Licence Rules, 1986, for grant of ahatha licence in rural areas of the state.

It was observed that liquor was being consumed on the wayside dhabas in remote and distance rural localities of the state without holding any licence from the excise department. The cabinet also reviewed various decisions taken by the previous government during the past six months of its tenure.

Highlights

Consent for issuance of letter of intent for grant of mining lease
Decides to amend certain clauses of the hydropower policy
Approval to extend policy for appointments on compassionate grounds
Approval for budget estimates of 2013-14
Extension for dealers in Kinnaur to file their value added tax returns
New provisions in liquor policy for licence in rural areas


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