Himachal cabinet nod to controversial Shimla dev plan


Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today gave its approval to the much debated and controversial Development Plan for Shimla Planning Area

It was also decided to provide guarantee enabling the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation to take Rs 110 crore loan from banks at competitive rates for paying pending liabilities of death cum retirement gratuity and leave encashment of its retirees.

It gave its approval to enhance the honorarium of elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions.  

The honorarium of Chairman Zila Parishad would be Rs. 15000 instead of Rs. 12500, Vice Chairman Zila Parishad would be Rs. 10000 instead of Rs. 8000, Member Zila Parishad would be Rs. 6000 in place of Rs. 5000 per month, whereas honorarium of Chairman  Panchayat Samiti would be Rs. 9000 instead of Rs. 7000, Vice Chairman Panchayat Samiti would be Rs. 6500 instead of Rs. 5000 and Member Panchayat Samiti Rs. 5500 in place of Rs. 4500 per month.

Similarly, the honorarium of Pradhan Gram Panchayat would be Rs. 5500 in place of Rs. 4500, Up Pradhan Gram Panchayat Rs. 3500 instead of Rs. 3000 and Member Gram Panchayat would get Rs. 600 per month instead of Rs. 500.

The Cabinet gave its approval for promulgation of Himachal Pradesh Payment of Income Tax on Salaries and Allowances of Certain Categories Ordinance, 2022 from the current financial year.  
Now the Income Tax shall be paid by the individual members i.e. Chief Minister, Ministers, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and MLAs. 

It also gave its ex post facto approval for premium rates of Rs 1000 or Rs 365 for three years under Mukhya Mantri HIMCARE Yojna and also enhancing its validity period for three years. It also decided that registration of new cards under this scheme would be carried out throughout the year.