The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to lift the self-imposed ban on transfer of government employees that was enforced two years ago.
Government spokesperson Narottam Mishra said that matter was discussed by the cabinet where chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan decided to lift the ban for the current month.
Transfers were allowed only after an administrative approval during the period when the ban was in force. An undeclared cap of 10% has been put by the chief minister on all departments which means not more than 10% employees could be transferred in a department at any point of time during the period.
Sources said some ministers had urged Chouhan to raise the ceiling limit to about 30% citing the reason that it has lifted after two years.
Some ministers also emphasised that the recommendations of MLAs should also be given preference.
Meanwhile, a new housing complex for MLAs has also been sanctioned by the cabinet on Monday for which an amount of Rs 127 crore has been sanctioned.
More than 150 housing units are expected to come up at the new complex.
The cabinet also cleared the much awaited direct recruitment exams for the post of forest guards through Professional Exam Board (PEB). About 2000 forest guards would be recruited through this test.
These recruitments will be made under provisions of Madhya Pradesh Class III (Non-clerical) Forest Service Recruitment Rules.
In another decision, the cabinet also sanctioned various components of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan and expenditure proposal of Rs 995 crore for a period of 3 years.
Under the project, 3 autonomous colleges will be upgraded to universities, 2 colleges to cluster universities and infrastructure development will be undertaken in 10 universities.
Besides, 5 new model colleges will be established, 8 existing colleges will be upgraded to model colleges, 3 new technical colleges will be established and infrastructure development work will be undertaken in 100 colleges.
The cabinet also decided to sanction cash grant to Vishisht Seva Medalists. Rs 1 lakh grant will be given to holders of Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Rs 50,000 to Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Rs 25,000 to Vishisht Seva Medal and a cash grant of Rs 20,000 will be given to holders of Sena Medal (Vishisht Seva). No medalist under series of Vishisht Seva Medals will be allotted land.
New panel for farmer issues
Narottam Mishra said the cabinet also discussed about forming a body to look after insurance, losses and other issues related to farmers.
The body would also compensate farmers on loss of their crops due to natural calamities or even in other circumstances.
A seminar of agriculture and finance experts would be conducted to discuss the issue and a framework would be prepared on its recommendations.
A new farmer insurance policy is also underway said the government spokesperson, that would be different from the policy drafted by the central government. The cabinet also decided to keep minimum compensation for any farmer at Rs 2,000.