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Cabinet okays selection of 7,750 Asha workers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla , July 23, 2013
First Published: 23:32 IST(23/7/2013) | Last Updated: 23:34 IST(23/7/2013)

To create more employment avenues, the state cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod for selection of 7,750 ASHA workers under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the health and family welfare department on honorarium basis.

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Accredited social health activists (ASHA) would be given a monthly honorarium of Rs. 850.The cabinet that met under chief minister Virbhadra Singh decided that the government would adopt an action plan to contest claim for release of arrears on account of 7.19 % share from the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) projects in the Supreme Court.

With eye on Lok Sabha polls, the cabinet further decided to raise the income limit from Rs. 4.5 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh per annum for determining the creamy layer among Other Backward Classes.

In Tuesday meeting, the cabinet gave nod to rebid for allotment of 960 MW Jangi Thopan Powari Hydro Electric Project in Kinnaur district.

It also decided to give one-time permission to make admission to BTech courses in private universities and engineering institutions. It decided that candidates securing 65% marks in physics, mathematics and one of the subjects from chemistry, biotechnology, computer science and biology will be eligible to appear in examination.

To implement the National Food Security ordinance, the cabinet approved guidelines for selection of priority households approval to enhance social security (old age) pension from Rs. 400 to Rs. 500 to ex-servicemen and the War Jagir amount given to war widows has been enhanced from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000.

he cabinet approved free-of-cost travel in deluxe and semi-deluxe buses of state-run public transport for gallantry award winners within the state.

The cabinet gave its approval for engaging technical manpower on outsourcing basis through NIELIT (DOEACC Society) at the state, district and block levels to implement the e-panchayat project in accordance with the guidelines issued by the GoI, MoPR.

As many as 13 assistant programmers for all 12 districts and 79 computer operators for 78 blocks would be engaged for providing people centric computerised services through PRIs in the state.

The cabinet gave its approval for creating supernumerary posts of 139 patwaris (86 for Shimla settlement division and 56 for Kangra settlement division) in the settlement department.

It also approved one-time incentive/award of Rs. 75,000 for students who were selected and admitted in any of the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) or All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and for any postgraduate/diploma course in any Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).

The cabinet allowed enhancing the state government block guarantee in favour of National Handicapped Financial Corporation, Faridabad, from Rs. 8 crore to Rs. 15 crore.

The cabinet gave its nod for creation of authority of hydro project safety, quality control and water management in the directorate of energy, for developing an efficient and effective monitoring mechanism of GoHP in order to ensure safety, quality control and the management of water flow.

The cabinet accorded its approval to enhance the Authorised Share Capital of the Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) from Rs. 1,000 crore to Rs. 1,500 crore.

The cabinet approved to enhance the cadre strength of block development officers (BDOs) from existing 85 to 113 in the rural development department.

It decided to fill 90 posts of veterinary officers in the animal husbandry department through direct recruitment on contract basis.
Out of which, 45 posts of veterinary officers would be filled in 2013-14 financial year and 45 posts would be filled in the next financial year.

The cabinet gave its nod to fill 33 vacant posts of ayurvedic pharmacists on contract basis in the ayurveda department, reserved for ex-servicemen.

The cabinet also gave its approval to fill 25 posts in different categories in the town and country planning department on contract basis through direct recruitment.

It gave its nod for absorbing 90 panchayat animal husbandry assistants against the vacant posts of veterinary pharmacists on contract basis in the animal husbandry department for strengthening veterinary services in the rural areas of the state.

The cabinet gave its approval to start the second phase of Integrated Cooperative Development Projects (ICDPs) in Kangra, Kullu and Shimla.

The cabinet gave nod for cancelling Letter of Intent (LOI) issued to Vocational Education Foundation for setting up of medical college in Hamirpur since it had failed to implement the LOI.


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