Shimla: Himachal cabinet in its meeting held here on Monday accorded approval for enhancement of honorarium of Jal Rakshaks (Water Guards) engaged through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) from Rs. 1350 to Rs. 1500 per month. As many as 2220 Jal Rakshaks would be benefitted from this decision with an outgo of Rs. 8.50 crore annually from the state ex-chequer.
Decision was taken to make amendments in Hydropower Policy 2006 in respect to transfer of shares by Himachalis to Non-Himachalis. The Himachalis can sell or transfer 49 percent equity shares to Non-Himachalis at any stage after allotment of projects upto 2 MW capacity and full disinvestment after two years of commissioning of the projects. Similarly, in case of bonafide Himachalis to whom projects upto 2 MW to 5 MW capacity are allotted, they can sell/transfer 51 percent equity share to non-Himachalis at any stage after allotment of projects and full disinvestment after two years of commissioning of the projects. However, subjected to the condition (in both the above cases), it was decided to levy some appropriate fee for transfer of equity.
Himachal Cabinet Decisions
Honorarium of Water Guards enhanced
Cabinet paves the way for transfer/selling of equity shares to non-Himachalis in HEPs
100 units of free electricity to families affected due to HEPs
Besides, the Cabinet gave its nod to cancel the four projects namely Joiner-II (3MW) in district Chamba, Kanda (0.80 MW) in district Sirmaur, Rawin (1 MW) in Shimla district and Chahod (2 MW) in district Mandi.
The Cabinet also accorded approval to 100 units of free electricity per month to the families affected by Hydel projects in the State as per the subsidized tariff determined by Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) from time to time with respect to Local Area Development Committees of the districts and the balance amount equivalent to the quantum of subsidy with the state government. This shall be done once in a year since the tariff is determined by HPERC.
Besides, it was also decided to provide 35 kilograms of ration to the Above Poverty Line (APL) families in Tribal areas of the State. A decision was taken to provide all three pulses to all the ration card holders irrespective of the number of units on the cards/scale as fixed by the state government.
Jobs/Posts filled or created
It approved for creation of 855 posts of various categories for Shri Lal Bhadur Shastri Medical College, earlier known as ESIC, medical college and hospital Mandi at Ner Chowk.
A decision was taken to fill 70 vacant posts of Firemen and 30 posts of Driver-cum-Pump Operators on contract basis in Fire Services Department.
To filling up of 65 posts of Drivers in Irrigation and Public Health Department amongst the lower categories in the Department by relaxation of R& P Rules.
The Cabinet approved for creation and filling up of as many as 61 posts of various categories for new Government Polytechnic for women at Rehan in district Kangra.
It approved to filling up 50 posts of class-IV on contract basis in Co-operation Department besides filling up three posts of Driver in Co-operative Department.
Approval was accorded to create ten posts of Law Officers in H.P. Secretariat. It approved to up-grade four posts of Junior Assistant to Senior Assistant in the Directorate of Small Saving.
Decision was taken to fill two posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis in Co-operative Department and filling up two posts of computer Operators by promotion from amongst Class-IV employees in Planning department.
Approval was accorded for creation of two posts of Protocol Officer with supporting staff in the establishment of District and Sessions Judges.
Approval was accorded to fill up two vacant posts of Statistical Assistant and two posts of Junior Office Assistant in Horticulture Department through direct recruitment and to fill up ten posts of Peons on daily wage basis in HP Election Department.
A special recruitment drive would be launched to fill the backlog posts against the new posts in every discipline for other Backward Classes (OBC) to overcome the shortfall of the category in the Government job.
The cabinet gave its nod to upgrade Civil Hospital Jawalamukhi to the level of 75 bedded Civil Hospital and up-gradation of HSC Dhanote (Jurahi) to PHC in district Kangra along-with creation of requisite posts.
Approval was accorded to open Primary Health Centre in Shivpur Gagret Constituency of Una district and Primary Health Centre at Raja Ka Talab in district Kangra alongwith creation of adequate staff.