TAKING A cue from the Centre’s decision to appoint Sachar Committee, the State Cabinet today decided to set up a commission to promote education among minorities and ensure their greater participation in jobs in the State. It also approved expenditure of Rs 2448 crore for installation of two power generations units to generate 500 MWs of power in each of Pareeksha and Harduaganj thermal power stations.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the State Cabinet here today. Chief secretary Naveen Chandra Bajpai told media persons that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in his Budget speech had mentioned the setting up of the commission. Besides the chairman, the commission would have two members, he said, adding it had been asked to submit its report within three months.
On the proposed power units, he said BHEL was setting up boilers, turbines and generators etc. for the projects. The two units of 250 MWs each would be set up at two power plants at Pareeksha and Harduaganj.
While the first unit was expected to be complete in next the 35 months, the second unit would be complete in 39 months, he said. This would help in improving power supply to Western UP and the Bundelkhand region, he said.
The State Cabinet decided to set up a settlement advisory committee on the pattern of the Central Settlement Commission to ensure expeditious recovery of trade tax and power dues.
The Cabinet also approved the DPR for setting up a para medical institute at the Rural Institute of Medical Sciences at Saifai in Etawah.
Among other decisions, the meeting decided to exempt from trade tax material being brought for the rural electrification scheme. It also decided to contribute 50 paise per student to meet the conversion cost for mid-day meal scheme. As Centre provides Rs 1.50 per student for the scheme the sum available would go up to Rs 2 per student, he said adding the funds thus available would help in meeting the cost of salaries of employees involved in cooking the meal for students.
The State Cabinet also approved creation of 27 posts under the Rural Engineering Service (RES) Department to take care of the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana. As per the decision new posts would be created in 51 project units in 30 districts. New posts include 25 posts of executive engineers, 1 superintending engineer and 1 chief engineer of level-2. The posts have been created temporary basis, the chief secretary said.
The State Cabinet decided to handover the work of regulation of village panchayats to the village development officers. The VDOs would now be responsible for supervision of the village panchayat work. The State Cabinet decided to authorise the Joint Block Development Officers to take care work of the BDOs in the blocks where the post of a BDO may be lying vacant.
There are only 549 BDO against 907 posts. As a result 350 posts are lying vacant.