On May 2, 2020, In a bid to revive the economy of the state affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Himachal Pradesh (HP) state government has decided to launch employment guarantee scheme called “’Mukhya Mantri Shahari Rojgar Guarantee Yojna” that will provide 120 days of employment to those living in urban areas.
The decision was taken during the cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister(CM) Jai Ram Thakur.Key Points:
i.People employed under the scheme will also be imparted training to increase their skills as and when required.
ii.Other major decisions:
- The state government has provided Rs 2,000 to about one lakh workers registered under the Building and Other Construction Workers Board, on which 20 crores have been spent so far. Now the government has decided to provide another Rs 2000 per worker to these workers.
- A cabinet sub-committee headed by Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh will be formed to start economic activities in the state.
- It was also decided to extend the excise policy for 2019-20 up to May 31, 2020. Excise fees have also been waived since March 22, as long as the liquor contracts remain closed.
- As the tourism industry is worst affected, the state decided to waive electricity demand charges for the industry for 6 months, hence providing them relief of about Rs 15 crore.
About Himachal Pradesh:
Governor– Bandaru Dattatreya
Chief Justice– Lingappa Narayana Swamy
National Parks (NP)– Great Himalayan NP, Pin Valley NP ,Inderkilla NP, Khirganga NP, Simbalbara NP.