The Himachal Pradesh government will award a coaching assistance of Rs 30,000 to each Himachali candidate clearing the civil services preliminary exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
This was decided at a cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla on Tuesday.
The one- time incentive would be given irrespective of income and caste with effect from the 2015-16 financial year, fulfilling a promise Singh had made in his last budget speech.
The cabinet also approved the draft of the governors’ address to be delivered on the inaugural day of the eleventh session of the Vidhan Sabha on February 25.
The cabinet decided to continue with the ‘malikana hak’ (ownership right) scheme for residents of Shimla residing in Krishna Nagar, Lakkar Bazaar, Boileauganj and Chhota Shimla who have houses built on government land since the British era.
A few such encroachments have been re gularised but many still await regularisation.
The cabinet gave its assent to the revised eco- tourism policy to make Himachal an eco-tourism destination with local participation.
The cabinet approved a regularisation policy for employees in the health and family welfare department. The employees will continue working in societies against posts that would be considered for conversion to Rogi Kalyan Samiti contracts after three and eight years of service.
It was also decided to make the registration of retailers of tobacco products a must and ban the sale of loose cigarettes and beedis.
The cabinet approved the implementation of the World Bank-funded Himachal Pradesh horticulture development project for Rs 1,114.75 crore.
The cabinet members were informed that Rs 26.04 crore had been sanctioned by the Centre as a one-time measure to strengthen alternative routes from Parwanoo to Shimla due to the ongoing four-laning.
These routes are from Parwanoo to Dharampur via Kasauli, Parwanoo to Joharji via Bansar and Bhojnagar and from Chakki Mor to Bhojnagar.
The cabinet decided to denotify the Naina Devi shrine from the planning area, taking it out of the purview of the town and country planning regulation.
The transfer of government land to the Intelligence Bureau for building its statelevel office at Baddi was also given approval.