CoM decides to engage 100 Van Mitra 

Himachal Pradesh Council meeting today decided to engage Van Mitra ( Forest Friend) in the state to facilitate local people and communities to protect and motivate the plantation of new trees in the state.

The State Cabinet in its meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu decided to approve the ‘Van Mitra’ Scheme of the Forest Department under which one ‘Van Mitra’ each, in 2061 Forest Beats would be engaged to strengthen the participation of local communities in protection, conservation, and development of forest areas by roping in grass root level institutions and gave nod to fill up 100 vacant posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on contractual basis. 

It decided to enhance the honorarium of Jal Rakshaks, Multi-Purpose Workers, para fitters, and para pump operators of Jal Shakti Vibhag by Rs. 500 per month raising it to Rs. 5000, Rs. 4400, Rs. 6000, and Rs. 6000 respectively.

The Cabinet approved in principle to establish a passenger ropeway system from Chintpurni Baba Mai Dass Bhawan Parking to Chintpurni Temple in PPP mode in district Una with a cost of Rs. 76.50 crore in order to facilitate the pilgrims. 

It also gave its approval to hire 15 e-taxis in the Transport Department. 

It decided to promote Amateur and Community Radios for ‘Alternate Communication during emergencies in all districts of the State.

 This would provide effective information exchange between information sources, emergency managers, and those impacted by disaster or emergent situations. 

The Cabinet decided to reduce the Additional Goods Tax on lead by 25 paise per kg. 

It also accorded approval to grant 234 routes for private operators and an additional 100 routes for tempo travelers to provide better transport facilities to the people of the State.

It also gave its approval for declaring Traffic Inspectors, Motor Vehicles Inspectors, Senior Motor Vehicle Inspectors of the Transport department, and Assistant Sub Inspector and Head Constable of the Police Department as designed authority to compound the offenses under various Sections of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.

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