The Jharkhand cabinet on Tuesday approved a health department’s proposal to appoint 767 specialised doctors and 316 general physicians in government hospitals and health centres on contract.
There are a total of 914 sanctioned posts of specialised doctors out of which 767 were vacant due to various reasons, including doctors quitting in the midst of contract tenures.
The cabinet put its seal on the proposal to provide better health care to people by filling up vacant posts of specialist doctors in ENT, gynaecology, paediatrics and pathology departments of government hospitals and health centres, said cabinet secretary SS Meena. The 316 posts of general physicians are meant for 14 districts against existing vacancies, he said.
Health secretary Sudhir Tripathi accepted said, “High rate of attrition of specialized doctors have compelled usto make interim arrangement till the posts are filled up through examinations by Jharkhand public service commission.
Approval was also given to sanction Rs 40.55 crore to the public relations department to meet expenditure on hoardings and banners, besides placing advertisements in the print, electronic and digital media for the global investor’s summit in Ranchi, beginning February 16.
It approved the higher education and technical education and skill development department’s proposal to set up 12 polytechnic colleges. Out of the 12, nine will be governed and run by the government in Bagodar, Godda, Lohardaga, Hazaribagh, Sahebganj, Chatra, Jamtara, Khunti and Palamu. JINFRA has been appointed transaction manager to set up three private polytechnics in Simdega, Madhupur and Dumka under PPP mode.
The cabinet also approved setting up veterinary office in Khunti and Ramgarh districts that were created in 2007. In all 10 posts have been sanctioned that include one veterinary officer in each district.
Sanction was also given to seven posts in the Jharkhand staff selection commission, including one under secretary.
Clearance was given to the excise and prohibition department’s proposal for compounding and classification of country made liquor, beer, ganja and bhang and settlements in cases of violations.
The cabinet also approved the partial amendments of sections 9 (a), 10 and 18 of the Jharkhand value added tax (J-VAT). While amendments to section 9(a) will enable businessmen to carry out business without audit up to Rs 60 lakh turnover, the modification in section 18 has made scrutiny of all returns compulsory within two years.
Decks were cleared for amendment of section 32 (3) of the building construction standard bidding rules that makes it mandatory for the government to consider the bid/consultancy amount before black-listing a company/consultant firm and prescribing years of punishment.
An agriculture department proposal to prepare e-platform/etrading regulations for sale and purchase of agriculture farm produces by krishi bazaar samitis by amending Jharkhand krishi upaj bazaar samiti rules, 2014 was also cleared.