The State Cabinet on Tuesday approved creation of 2000 new posts in the police force, including 502 in Naxalite-affected and 856 in communally sensitive regions. Besides, 234 posts are sanctioned for three new districts, 138 for the Special
Task Force, 20 for the crime branch in Bhopal and 250 posts of drivers. The new posts will put an additional burden of Rs 17.58 crore on the State exchequer.
The Cabinet also decided to allot 49.56 acre of land to the M/s Genpact Limited for an IT Park in Badwai (Bhopal) under the IP policy at the commercial rate of 25 percent.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired the meeting at the State secretariat. The cabinet also decided to award the TCS company contract for preparing VAT- based application software for the Commercial Tax Department without inviting tenders in view of the company’s expertise in the field. The project would involve expenditure of Rs 3.30 crore.
The Cabinet withdrew its controversial decision on relaxation in rules for purchase of bandage, bed sheets, curtains, uniforms and other articles by Public Health and Family Welfare Department from agencies other than the Commissioner, Handlooms.
The decision was taken in the interest of about 64000 weavers engaged in 21400 handlooms mostly belonging to minorities, OBC, SC and ST.
As per the Chief Minister’s earlier announcement, the Casbinet ratified re-chastening the Agriculture Department as the Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development.
The Cabinet also constituted a committee headed by Law Minister Narottam Mishra to review withdrawal of petty crime cases from various lower courts in the State. The Cabinet apprised itself of the proceedings regarding establishment of 400 forest outposts to check the forest crimes. The outposts would be manned from the existing staff, hence there would be no additional expenditure on the staff.
The Cabinet gave its nod to the Infrastructure Development Finance Company constituted by the Central Government, to appoint an advisor to draft proposals for infrastructure development through private participation. The Cabinet approved a proposal from the Department of Energy to increase the fees under rules 7 (2) and 46 (2). of the Indian Electricity Act 1956. The fees and other charges were decided on October 12, 1960 and then revised in 1978 and 1987.