Himachal Pradesh Weekly Current Affairs
Union Government releases Rs. 80.57 crore for State under MGNREGA:
- Union Ministry of Rural Development has released Rs. 80.57 crore as Central fund under MGNREGA to Himachal Pradesh.
- The amount would be spent on material component and administrative assistance.
MoU worth Rs. 110 crore signed between HP Govt. and Microtek New Technologies Pvt. Ltd.:
- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) worth Rs. 110 crore was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur between the State Government and M/s Microtek New Technologies Private Ltd. for setting up of manufacturing unit of thermometers, online/offline UPS, High capacity invertors, oxymeters and other electrical and electronics products at Baddi in Solan district.
New Chairman appointed for 6th H.P. State Finance Commission:
- Satpal Singh Satti has been appointed as the Chairman of the 6th H.P State Finance Commission.
State Govt. decided to implement National Education Policy-2020:
- The Cabinet thanked the Union Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing New Education Policy-2020 which envisages making job creators not job seekers and will motivate the students to move away from rote learning to critical thinking.
- The policy also envisages new curricular structures to inculcate scientific tamper and mathematical thinking in the students, besides increasing public investment on education from 4.43 percent to 6 percent of GDP.
- It also decided to constitute a Task Force under the chairmanship of Education Minister with 27 other members and State Project Director (SS) as its Member Secretary for implementation of this Policy in the State.
The Cabinet gave its approval to do away with Plan and Non-Plan classification of the budget:
- The Cabinet gave its approval to do away with Plan and Non-Plan classification of the budget in the State which is in existence presently, from the financial year 2021-22.
- It will be now classified into Capital and Revenue expenditure only.
Change in name of SC/ST Sub-Plan:
- The Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP), Tribal Area Sub Plan (TASP), Backward Area Sub Plan (BASP) and Regional and Decentralized Planning Programmes will be renamed as Scheduled Caste Development Programme (SCDP), Tribal Area Development Programme (TADP), Aspirational Blocks Development Programme (ABDP) and Regional and Decentralized Development Programmes respectively.
- The implementation arrangements for Scheduled Caste Development Programme, Tribal Area Development Programme, Aspirational Blocks Development Programme and Regional and Decentralized Development Programmes (VKVNY, VMJS, SDP and MMGY) will remain the same as they exist today for implementation of the SCSP, TASP, BASP, SDP, VKVNY, VMJS and MMGPY, respectively.
- Budget allocations under Tribal Area Development Programme, Scheduled Caste Development Programme, Aspirational Block Development Programme and Regional and Decentralized Development Programmes will be made in Demand Nos. 31, 32 and 15 respectively.
- The allocation of budget for the next financial year will be in proportion of 9 percent under Tribal Area Development Programme (TADP) and 25.19 percent under Scheduled Caste Development Programme (SCDP) of the sum total of budget under all those heads of development which are currently the part of Annual Plan.
Sunset clause under Section-15 ‘Concessional Rate of Electricity Duty’ added:
- The Cabinet decided to insert sunset clause under Section-15 ‘Concessional Rate of Electricity Duty’ and Section-16 ‘Concessional Rate of Electricity Charges’ in the Himachal Pradesh Industrial Investment Policy-2019’ as 31.12.2022 to facilitate the new enterprises to be established and existing enterprises undergoing substantial expansion to avail the benefits under concessional rate of Electricity Duty and Electricity Charges.
Steps taken to promote sports activities and keep youth of the State from drug abuse:
- With a view to promote sports activities and keep youth of the State from drug abuse, the Cabinet gave its approval for draft of Mukhya Mantri Yuva Nirman Yojna, 2019.
- Under this scheme two multipurpose stadiums would be constructed in every Vidhan Sabha area of the State with a cost of Rs. 15 lakh each.
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