A cabinet meeting headed by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday took a slew of measures such as making NCERT textbooks mandatory for classes 1 to 7 and for science, maths and commerce subjects taught from classes 9 and 11.
NCERT textbooks will be made compulsory in classes 8, 10 and 12 from academic year 2018-19, the members decided in the meeting.
The cabinet has sanctioned 10 posts of translators for the office of additional advocate general, New Delhi. It has given approval for a maximum 10 years age exemption in the prescribed age for direct appointment of class 3 and 4 employees who have completed ten years of service at the office of the welfare commissioner, Bhopal Gas Victims, Bhopal for high court and different district courts. This facility is applicable for five years from the release date of the order.
In the meeting, it was also decided to provide guarantee of short term loan worth `900 crore obtained for working capital arrangements by three power companies in June 2016 from the Power Finance Corporation. Payment at the rate of 0.5% per annum as guarantee charges will be paid by companies to the state government towards loan guarantee.
The cabinet has ratified to deposit the available amount with the agency recognising the prescribed value as stable towards land allotment sanction for construction of office and residential building of central administrative agency, Jabalpur jury.
The cabinet has also ratified the Madhya Pradesh I.T., I.T.E.S. Investment Promotion Policy-2016.
Moreover, the cabinet has given its consent for construction of 19 kilometre-long Ghongha to Biluawa two lane paved road by the Road Development Corporation under the BOT (toll) scheme. Toll will be applicable on heavy vehicles only, no toll will be charged from light weight vehicles on this road.
Ministers undergo happiness level test
The state cabinet has decided to create a happiness index in the state by March next year and observe Anand Utsav week from January 14 to 21. A research institute to study the science of happiness is also on the cards.
The ministers who attended the cabinet meeting on Tuesday had to undergo a test to assess their level of happiness.
According to a state government spokesperson, Bains gave a presentation during the cabinet meet on the department’s future activities and its action plan. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan dedicated the web portal of the happiness department www.anandsansthanmp.in to public and asked the ministers to fill up a form to assess their level of happiness.
The ministers were asked to tick on a scale of 1 to 7 against 5 different statements. Score 1 meant ‘completely disagree’ and 7 meant ‘completely agree’. Then they were supposed to add up the scores and see how happy or unhappy they were.
“The scale was originally developed by Prof Ed Diener aka “Dr Happiness” and his colleagues, way back in 1985. One reason the scale is so reliable is because it doesn’t just measure momentary swings in mood, but overall satisfaction with life”, the government spokesperson said.