The Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Thursday approved the selection of Power Trading Corporation of India Limited and Tata Power Trading Company Limited (TPCL) for a year for the sale of government's entitlement of power from various hydroelectric projects.
In a meeting chaired by chief minister Virbhadra Singh, the cabinet decided that the trading margin might be increased if better rates for power sale were received.
The cabinet also gave its nod to the establishment of a government engineering college at Nagrota Bagwan in Kangra district. This college will have 40 seats each in mechanical engineering, electronics and communication engineering and electrical engineering.
Giving the impetus to health care, the cabinet also approved primary health centres (PHC) at Sheelghat, Shimla, and Patta-Baravery in Solan district, and a health sub-centre at Dattowal village in Solan district.
The government also sanctioned industrial training institutes (ITI) for Gagret, Balh, Manali and Patta Mehlog with two trades from the next academic session along with creation of posts. A veterinary dispensary at Navi, Shimla district, also got the cabinet's nod along with filling up of a post of veterinary pharmacist and a post of animal husbandry assistant.
The state cabinet also accorded approval to the establishment of Poorna Shakti Kendra (PSK) project in Solan district.
Besides, the government also approved filling up of 100 vacant posts of ayurvedic medical officers in the ayurveda department on contract basis, and filling up of 50 posts of clerks on contract basis by direct recruitment through Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Service Selection Board, Hamirpur, against the vacant posts of senior assistants in relaxation of recruitment and promotion rules and keeping equivalent number of posts in senior assistants in abeyance.
The cabinet's nod was also given to eight posts of lecturers in IGMC Government Dental College, Shimla, by direct recruitment through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC). State government also accorded approval to fill up the post of director, sainik welfare department, on regular basis through the HPPSC, besides filling up of 8 vacant posts of deputy directors (Class 1) in the sainik welfare department through direct recruitment on contract basis. The approval was accorded to the draft notification of Himachal Pradesh Raj (Appointment and Conditions of Service of Panchayat Sahayaks in Zila Parishads) Rules, 2014.