Now ministers and MPs will pay income tax as HP government changes law

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Ministers and MPs in Himachal Pradesh will have to pay a payroll tax and other allowances that was previously paid by the government as the Cabinet on Thursday gave a nod to change the existing law.

The decision was taken during the Cabinet meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

A state government official said the Cabinet had decided to enact an order to omit Section 12 of the Ministers’ Salaries and Allowances (HP) Act 2000, Section 11-A of the HP (Members Allowances and Pensions) Legislative Assembly Act 1971 relating to income tax which is currently paid by the State Government and now it will be paid by individual members.

The Cabinet has given approval to start a Mobile Mukhya Mantri Clinic in each segment of the State Assembly. These mobile clinics would have facilities for testing, consultation, prescription, including drug distribution, basic laboratory services, vaccination facilities and procedures by a general practitioner/specialist for people living in areas remote areas with little access to medical facilities. This would greatly contribute to improving access and coverage of health services in rural areas.

It decided to grant a higher remuneration structure to the categories of police officers appointed in 2015 and 2016 by allowing the granting of a higher pre-revised salary bracket and remuneration by grade to officers on a theoretical, since the new rules HP (Revised Compensation)-2022 came into effect on January 1, 2022 effective January 1, 2016.

Constables now have the ability to set their pay based on the relevant pay setting factor and the payment of back pay would depend on their options under the revised rules.

The Cabinet has also given its approval for the modification of Mukhya Mantri Swablamban Yojana-2022 to ensure maximum coverage of eligible categories. It was decided that the subsidy for women and the disabled would be increased to 35% and the subsidy for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was increased to 30%.

Apart from this, approval has been given to include a minimum unit of 3 buffalo/3 cows in the tribal areas of the state and a minimum unit of 5 cows/5 buffaloes in other parts of the state as part of the Unnat newspaper development project. As part of this activity, grants were also approved for the purchase of animals. Also, activities including mechanized agricultural equipment, combine harvesters and combine harvesters used for agriculture.

The Cabinet gave approval to draft a policy for the recruitment of 5,000 workers in the Public Works Department for road maintenance and other official works and they would be appointed on a fee of Rs 4,500.

The Cabinet has decided to upgrade Udaipur Lahaul Spiti development sub-block to development block to make life easier for people in the area.

He also gave his approval to the guidelines governing appointments/appointments and other terms and conditions of service of the president, member secretary, unofficial members and other members of the National Pollution Control Board for the proper functioning of the board.

Cabinet has given approval to provide a ‘no default guarantee’ in favor of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation for raising a term loan of Rs 69 crore at an interest rate of 6.71% per annum for buy 200 buses and 5 temporary passengers.

Cabinet has given its approval for the amendments to sub-rules (1) and (2) of rules-16 and sub-rule (3) of rules-26 of the Municipality of HP Election Rules-2012.

In order to boost horticultural activities in the state and make the department more vibrant, the Cabinet has decided to establish three zones of the Horticulture department at Kangra, Shimla and Mandi. Shimla Zone would be headed by the Director of Horticulture and would cover Shimla, Kinnaur, Sirmour, Solan and Spiti Valley Districts of Lahaul Spiti District, Dharamshala Zone would be headed by the Additional Director, Dharamshala and would cover Kangra, Chamba, Hamirpur and Una districts, while the Mandi zone headed by joint director of horticulture Mandi would cover Mandi, Kullu, Bilaspur districts and Lahaul valley of Lahaul Spiti district.

In order to stimulate industrial development in the state and provide better investment opportunities for entrepreneurs, the Cabinet has given its approval to amend “Industrial Development Policy HP-2019” and “Rules for Granting of ‘incentives and concessions and facilities for the promotion of investments’. and also approved the extension of “HP-2019 Industrial Investment Policy” to December 31, 2025.

The Cabinet has decided that the services of SMC teachers already engaged on a periodic basis in the departments of primary / higher education for the academic session 2022-23 will be continued.

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