Cabinet meeting: College, varsity teachers in HP to get UGC pay scales

Published on Jul 29, 2022 03:28 AM IST

In the cabinet meeting that was chaired by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur it was decided that the HPMC will be given a grant of ₹10 crore to implement the decision

The Cabinet also reduced the bus fare for the first two kilometres for stage carriages (buses) in the state from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7 to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span> 5. (HT PHOTO)
The Cabinet also reduced the bus fare for the first two kilometres for stage carriages (buses) in the state from 7 to 5. (HT PHOTO)
By, Shimla

The Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Thursday decided to provide agitating fruit growers a 6% subsidy on packaging material sold through the HP Horticulture Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation (HPMC).

In the cabinet meeting that was chaired by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur it was decided that the HPMC will be given a grant of 10 crore to implement the decision. The ministers also agreed to revise the pay of teaching personnel and academic staff in state-run universities and colleges as per University Grants Commission (UGC) scales. The revised pay scales, from January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2022, will cost the state exchequer around 337 crore. The annual expenditure for 2021-2022 will be around 113 crore, while it will come to around 75 crore for the remaining financial year.

Minimum bus fare reduced

The Cabinet also reduced the bus fare for the first two kilometres for stage carriages (buses) in the state from 7 to 5. The health department, which had made wearing masks in public places mandatory, also apprised the Cabinet of the rate of virus transmission in the state.

As many as 452 posts of daily wagers in the Jal Shakti Vibhag were upgraded to those of pump operators and jal rakshks, who have completed 12 years or more in service as on December 31, 2020, but do not fulfil the required educational qualifications, will also be inducted into the department.

Nod was given to the engagement of 780 ASHA Workers under the National Health Mission, National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) and non-NUHM. The Cabinet also decided to create and fill up 164 additional posts of different categories for the newly constructed 100-bedded MCH Wing at the Kamla Nehru State Hospital for Mother and Child Care in Shimla. Around 54 posts of different categories will also be created and filled up in the local audit department.

The Aryabhatta Geo-Informatics and Space Application Centre (AGiSAC) was declared as the nodal agency to facilitate the use of spatial and geo-spatial technology in different departments for decision-making and planning developmental activities in the state. The centre will function as a nodal agency for the use of these technologies for sustainable development, besides serving as a repository of data relating to natural resources in the state.

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