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Shimla, April 13

In a move that is set to bring great relief to the people of Himachal Pradesh, the State Cabinet has decided to amend the Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Rules, 2014 to make attic floors habitable.

The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, who also announced the filling of 530 posts of Lecturer (School New) through direct recruitment. The Cabinet also approved amendments to the R&P Rules for recruitment on fixed emoluments and the filling of two posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police through direct recruitment.

With the amendment of the town planning rules, people in Himachal Pradesh will now be able to convert their attic floors into habitable spaces, providing much-needed relief in a state where space is at a premium. The move will also help boost the real estate sector in the state, with more people likely to take advantage of the new rules to increase the living space in their homes.

The Cabinet’s decision to amend Rule 50 of the Himachal Pradesh Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Rules, 1989 is also set to have a significant impact. The annual license fee for these substances will be increased to Rs. 1,50,000, providing a much-needed boost to the state’s revenue.

The presentation given before the Cabinet on the Covid-19 situation in the State also highlighted the ongoing efforts being made to control the spread of the virus. The State Government has taken a number of steps to ensure the safety of the people, including the vaccination drive and the implementation of Covid-appropriate behaviour.



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