Shimla, Oct 10: The Congress-led government in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday lowered the value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel by one percent.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here.
With this Himachal became the third state to scale down VAT on prices of petrol and diesel after Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Himachal charges 27 per cent VAT on petrol and 16 per cent on diesel. Now VAT on prices of petrol and diesel reduced by one per cent, an official told IANS.
The cabinet also decided to relax the Himachal Pradesh Ceiling on Land Holdings Act of 1972 to allow religious institutions to dispose of surplus land through sale, gift or any other means with a condition that such transfer would be in the favour of an agriculturists as defined in the act.
In order to amplify healthcare services, the state government decided to operate mobile medical units in 10 of the 12 districts.
Remote Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts are exempted under the National Health Mission, an official statement asserted.
The cabinet also decided to constitute the state human rights commission with Himachal Pradesh High Court’s former Chief Justice Jagdish Bhalla as its Chairperson and former journalist K.S Tomar, who is also a former state Public Service Commission chairman, as its member.
Governor Acharya Devvrat has given consent regarding this, mentioned in an official statement.