With aims to boost religious tourism, the Himachal Pradesh cabinet decided to sign a Pact with Punjab to link Anandpur Sahib and Sri Naina Devi with a ropeway.
The cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has given green signal to tourism and civil aviation department to enter into Memorandum of Understanding. It will undertake the execution of ropeway project along with Punjab government.
It was also decided to name Harsipattan bridge over river Beas as 'Samir Setu' after martyr major Samir Katwal of Sandhol, district Mandi. A car has also been sanctioned in replacement of old condemned car to deputy commissioner, Mandi.
It granted approval to adopt a policy with regard to filling up of vacancies of teachers on period basis in tribal and notified backward areas through school management committees. Local educated, unemployed,
trained youth would be given preference.
Post graduate teachers teaching Plus One and Plus Two students will be given Rs 150 per period and Rs 100 per period for teaching 9th and 10th classes. TGTs to get maximum of Rs. 6,00 per month, Shashtri and language teachers to get Rs. 75 per period, subject to a maximum of Rs. 4,500 per month whereas JBTs to get Rs. 75 per period and a maximum of Rs. 3,500 per month.
The decision will go a long way in generating employment avenues to the rural educated unemployed youth. It will also ensure adequate teaching facilities to the students in difficult and remote areas.
The launch of 'Bal/Balika Suraksha Yojna' was approved to motivate people to adopt orphan and destitute children so that they could grow up in a family atmosphere under the custody of the family head.
The scheme aims at encouraging the participation of families in discharging social responsibilities besides ensuring emotional back-up to such deprived children.
Any family with annual income below Rs 60,000 and free from any serious ailments will be eligible to become custodian of the children. The state government will provide a financial grant of Rs 500 a month a child to the family.
It was decided to amend selection criteria for Anganwadi workers/helpers by incorporating provision of giving preference to sewing teachers of respective gram panchayats. In recruitment to the posts, preference will be given to widows, unmarried and those married women, who have no whereabouts of their husbands for past seven years, under single woman scheme.
It was also decided to regularise daily wage/contingent paid workers, working in different departments who have completed eight years of regular service on March 31, 2012, with a minimum of 240 days in a calendar year.