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Shimla. The State Cabinet in its meeting held here today, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu decided to provide Rs. 1500 per month as Indira Gandhi Mahila Samman Nidhi to all the eligible women of Spiti valley including Chhomos/nuns from the age of 18 years and above.

It was decided to constitute a Cabinet Sub Committee comprising of Deputy Chief Minister Mukesh Agnihotri as Chairman and Agriculture Minister Prof. Chander Kumar and, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Minister Anirudh Singh as Members to formulate a White Paper on financial position of the State.

The cabinet also gave its nod to introduce e-stamping in the State for the collection of stamp duty to promote ease of doing business. It decided to stop printing of physical stamp papers with immediate effect and to authorize Stamp Vendors as Authorized Collection Centres.

It also gave its nod to continue with a dual system of stamps, i.e. physical stamp paper and e-stamp paper from 1st April, 2023 to 31st March, 2024 and after 1st April, 2024 physical stamp paper will be discontinued completely.

The Cabinet decided to give Rs. 600 in lieu of school uniform through DBT to all eligible students.

It also decided to increase the honorarium of Nambardars in the Revenue Department from Rs. 3200 to Rs. 3700 per month as per the budget announcement, which will benefit about 3177 Nambardars in the State.

The Cabinet gave its nod to increase the honorarium of Revenue Chowkidars/part time workers from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 5500 per month and it will benefit around 1950 Revenue Chowkidars/part time workers.
It decided to amend Swaran Jyanti Energy Policy, 2021 to make transfer of land for setting up Solar Power and New and Renewable Energy Projects on lease/purchase/acquisition basis, subject to the applicable provisions of the various Acts pertaining to the matter.

It also decided to increase the Court fee rates from Rs. 6 to Rs. 20 for filing any application/petition in the Revenue Courts or applying attestation of affidavit or any other documents in Civil Courts other than High Court.

The Cabinet decided to constitute Atal Tunnel Planning Area and freezing of the Existing Land Use of Atal Tunnel Planning Area which includes revenue villages of district Lahaul-Spiti.

It decided to increase Certain Goods Carried by Roads (CGCR) tax on Tobacco in all forms including Pan Masala, Pan Chatney and preparations containing tobacco or tobacco substitutes from Rs. 3 per quintal to Rs. 4.50 per quintal.

It gave its approval to fill up 50 posts of Junior Engineer (Civil) and 30 posts of Junior Draughtsman in the Public Works Department, 15 posts of Assistant Engineers (Civil) and 50 posts of Junior Engineer (Civil) in Jal Shakti Vibhag through direct recruitment.

It also gave its nod to fill up three vacant posts of Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies in the Department of Cooperation and four posts of lecturers in Ayush Department through direct recruitment at Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College Paprola, district Kangra.

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