|Friday, January 7, 2000,
Bill for elderly to keep Muslims
Funds to boost village industry
MDs jailed for defying order
SFI deplores ragging
Probe panel appointed
elderly to keep Muslims out
SHIMLA, Jan 6 The Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to exclude the Muslim community and redraft the Bill for making it obligatory for children to take care of their aged parents.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet here today which was presided by the Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal.
Briefing newsmen about the decisions, the Chief Secretary, Mr A.K. Goswami, said the Muslim community was being excluded because of the Centre refusing to give assent to the Bill on the plea that the community had a separate personal law.
The State Assembly had some time ago passed the Bill and sent it to the Centre for presidential assent. However, certain objections were raised by the Centre and the Bill was referred back to the State Government.
Mr Goswami said that the Bill would be re-drafted and brought before the Assembly. All other communities, except the Muslims, will be included in it. It was not the intention to impose anything on the community which had its own personal law.
He said that the welfare minister had convened a meeting of leaders of various communities to discuss the issue. No Muslim leader participated in the meeting.
The Chief Secretary said the Cabinet decided to scrap all three posts of divisional commissioners at Shimla, Dharamsala and Mandi.
He said the posts of divisional commissioners were not justified in a small state like Himachal Pradesh. The post of director land records would be upgraded for hearing appeals related to municipalities and municipal corporations. The financial commissioner will be the appellate authority in revenue matters.
Mr Goswami said the Cabinet decided to regularise the services of 3445 daily wagers who had completed nine years with the PWD. This will be effective from April 1, 1998.
In a bid to discourage roadside parking of vehicles, it was decided to make it obligatory to make a provision for parking in all residential and commercial houses to be constructed on the roadside.
It was decided to impose an entertainment tax of 25 per cent on all ropeways in the State.
It was decided that the State would implement the lumpsum composite fee for tourist buses for all states. The tax would be collected at the point where the bus has been registered.
The move to introduce the system was also discussed at the North Zone Council meeting at Surajkund.
The Cabinet approved the proposal to create 200 posts of doctors and other staff in the 100 veterinary dispensaries to be opened in the current year.
boost village industry
UNA, Jan 6 The Centre will provide one-third of funds for the development of the village industry.
This was announced by Mr S.P. Singh, Director, HP Khadi Gram Udyog Commission, while addressing a seminar here yesterday.
He said during the past 42 years, inspite of efforts of the commission only 25,000 of the 56,000 villages in the country had been able to implement the khadi gram udyog programmes. He said 27 banks in the country had agreed to finance the village industry. For this, he said, investment of 5 per cent to 10 per cent should be made to get a 25 per cent subsidy.
He said for individual units, the maximum limit had been fixed at Rs 10 lakh and Rs 25 lakh had been fixed for cooperative societies. Mr Singh said during the current financial year the commission would provide Rs 1 crore as loans to set up 20 units in Una district.
for defying order
SHIMLA, Jan 6 The Shimla District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum yesterday sentenced Mrs Indira Kashyap, Managing Director, Sanchavaka India Ltd, and Mr S.P. Saklani, Managing Director, Himachal Gramin Sanchayaka Ltd, to six months imprisonment each for defying the order of the forum to refund Rs 25,000 to a depositor.
The order was issued by Mr Mrigander Singh, President of the forum, and members Karuna Machhan and Vijay Paul Khachi.
The forum had on
September 4, 1999 ordered the respondents to refund Rs
25,000 with interest at the rate of 18 per cent to the
applicant, Mr Ved Anand Sharma. However, they failed to
comply with the order.
SHIMLA, Jan 6 The state unit of the Students Federation of India has expressed concern over the "inhuman" ragging of students at Ayurvedic College, Paprola, and urged the government to take immediate steps to stop it.
The federation said some students had been terrorised to such an extent that they don't wish to continue with the course. The parents, feared that their wards might lose mental balance if they continued to be ragged.
The college authorities, it alleged, had not taken any step to discipline the seniors despite complaints by the parents. Moreover, the in charge of the hostel had not been residing on the campus.
SHIMLA, Jan 6 After five years of the lathi charge on the agitating members of the Ex-Servicemen Transport Union at Barmana in Bilaspur district, a commission to hold judicial inquiry into the incident has been appointed.
An official spokesman said here today that Mr V.K. Sharma, District and Sessions Judge (Rules), in the high court will inquire into the incident and submit his report within six months.
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