Broadband connections for panchayats in the state and more than 4,000 new posts in police department were some of the decisions taken by the state cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday.
The cabinet meet happened to be the first one after the return of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's from US trip.
A tri-partite memorandum of understanding (MoU) to be signed for the project by the state government, the Telecommunication Department and Bharat Broadband Limited was also endorsed by the cabinet.
For the broadband connectivity, the cabinet sanctioned implementation of National Optical Fiber Network Project to make available reliable broadband connectivity of 100 kbps at Gram Panchayat-level.
According to the spokesperson, the project will ensure effective implementation of various rural development programmes, e-governance work and electronic delivery of public services. "Through this network, all the service providers (mobile operators, internet service providers, cable TV operators etc) will have equal access to Internet," the spokesperson said. At the same time, videoconferencing and certain other services will also be available. With this step the connectivity gap between development blocks and gram panchayats is expected to come to an end.
Decisions regarding police dept
The cabinet endorsed the order given by the chief minister for creation of 4,124 posts with a view to increasing strength of the police force during year 2012-13. This order was given on July 10, 2012.
On project implementation units
It was also decided to increase the number of Public Works Department's project implementation units (PIUs) from 15 to 21. A sanction has been granted to set up one PIU each in major districts including Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. A sanction was granted for setting up of new PIUs and creation of posts.
Permission to get proof of important buildings maps checked at government engineering colleges, IIT or experts registered under Madhya Pradesh Land Development Rules was also given in the meet.
Permission was also granted for utilisation of outsourcing for supervision and quality control. The cabinet also okayed to increase upper limit of supervision charge for availing services of architects, getting DPRs prepared, appointment of quality control consultants and contingency etc. from 6 to maximum 9%. The cabinet granted permission to implement pre-qualification on building construction works of over Rs. 50 lakh.
The cabinet endorsed the creation of 10 tehsils and sanctioned creation of two more new tahsils. The endorsed tehsils include Lidhora in Tikamgarh district, Birsa in Balaghat, Rampura in Neemuch, Chand in Chhindwara, Sarai and Madha in Singrauli, Sondwa and Kathhiwara in Alirajpur district and Budhar and Gohparoo in Shahdol district.
Revised sanction for rural electrification
During the meeting, the cabinet accorded revised sanction for Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme's works in Dhar, Dindori and Tikamgarh district. Earlier, costs of these schemes were Rs. 81 crore, Rs. 34.38 crore and Rs. 49.70 crore respectively which had been revised to Rs. 94.77 crore, Rs. 39.92 crore and Rs. 55.98 crore. Under the schemes, electrification will be done in habitats of over at 3,165 electrified villages. This will pave way for giving electricity connections to 1,27,468 below poverty line families.