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HP Cabinet Decisions Sept 2017: Free medicines, Jobs, financial benefits to PTA and NPS

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HP Cabinet Decisions September 2017

Shimla: Ahead of Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls 2017, the state government held a cabinet meeting on September 5, 2017. The cabinet took some major decisions aimed at pleasing the employees through financial benefits and lure unemployed by announcing filling up of vacant posts or creation of new posts in various departments. 

Financial Benefits to PTA Teachers

From June 1, 2017, the PTA (GIA) teachers, who have not served on the contract basis, will get financial benefits including annual increase along with honorarium for vacation period on the notional basis at par with their counterparts.

Free Medicines and Consumables across State

The government decided that under Indira Gandhi Free Medicines Scheme, it will provide about 300 medicines (drugs) and some consumable free of cost to all the patients irrespective of any income criteria. The provision will extend to all public health facilities in the State. The government said it has set aside a budget of Rs. 71 for this scheme.

Retirement and Death Gratuity to NPS

The New Pension System (NPS) employees will now get retirement and death gratuity. It will apply from the prospective date on terms and conditions as applicable to the employees covered under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 subject to maximum limit of 25 years of qualifying services.

Hike in Monthly Honorarium of Panchayat Chowkidars

The government also increased the honorarium of Panchayat Chowkidars from Rs. 2350 to Rs. 3050 per month – an increase of Rs. 700 per month. The Chief Minister said Rs. 300 was already enhanced earlier and with this decision, there will be an increase of total Rs. 1000 (700+300).

Jobs/Filling Up Vacant Posts

The government has decided to fill up the following vacant post or create new posts in the following departments:

  • To fill up 110 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Health and Family Welfare Department on a contract basis.
  • To appoint 110 staff nurses for Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba
  • To create 96 posts of Foreman by upgrading the vacant posts of Pump Operators in IPH Department
  • To fill up 20 posts of Assistant Professors (College Cadre) in Sociology and Physical Education on contract basis
  • To fill up 31 backlog posts of Lecturers of various discipline in government polytechnics
  • To fill up 12 posts of Publicity Assistants grade-I and 12 posts of Grade-II in Information and Public Relations Department on contract basis
  • To create 4 posts of Superintendent Grade I in IPH department
  • To fill up 3 posts of various categories in Institute for Children with Special Ability Dhalli
  • To fill up 1 post of Research Officer in Planning Department on contract basis
  • To fill up 16 posts of drivers in Forest Department through LDR amongst the Class IV and 16 posts be filled up through direct recruitment.
  • To fill up one post of Ayurveda Medical Officer, 3 posts of caretaker and 1 other in Old Age Home at Basantpur.
  • To fill up 2 vacant posts of Statistical Assistant by way of promotion in Social Justice and Empowerment Department
  • To create 1 post of Associate Professor in Cardiac Anesthesia Department of IGMC Shimla
  • To create 1 post of Assistant Professor (Neuro Anesthesia) in IGMC, Shimla by creating Neuro Anesthesia Cell
  • To create and fill 1 post of Law Officer in State Women Commission
  • To fill 6 posts of artists in Information and Public Relations Department on contract basis through direct recruitment
  • To create and fill up 6 posts in H.P. State Legal Services Authority
  • The cabinet decided to absorb the surplus number of employees in education department who hold essential qualifications for the post of clerk as per R&P Rules on the secondment basis.

The Cabinet also decided to increase the cadre strength of HPAS from 206 to 228 as per the recommendations of Cadre Review Committee.

The Cabinet said the World Bank and JICA assisted projects in Forest Department namely HP Forest for Prosperity Project (FPP) and HP Forest Ecosystem Management and Livelihoods Improvement Project (HPFEM LIP) now in the preparation phase.

It would be executed by re-positioning of the externally aided posts including the Mid Himalayan Watershed Development Project and Swan River Project.

The government said the headquarter of FPP will be set up at Una while that of HPFEM LIP will be at Kullu/Shamshi with one regional office at Rampur.

Both the projects require about 67 people as manpower in the preparation phase.

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Total 332 Bird Species Located in Himachal Pradesh

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Bird Species Count in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-As per the Great Backyard Bird Count (7th Indian edition), the number of bird species in Himachal Pradesh was 332 in 2018, a spokesman of State Forest Department informed on February 21, 2019.  

PCCF (WL) Dr. Savita said that among the Indian States, Himachal Pradesh shared the topmost position with Uttrakhand where the highest number of species was recorded.  

Birding locations included wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation reserves, villages and urban areas. He said that more than 150 bird species were recorded in Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science initiative intended to encourage both amateur and professional bird-watchers to contribute towards the understanding bird and their biology in a better way.

The Department said that amateur birders from across the state contributed in the count in addition to 287 checklists that were uploaded into e-Bird by 55 participants.

 Participation in the event involved a minimum of 15 minutes bird watching during which all the bird species seen were counted and listed.  It involved bird watching sessions with school teachers and students, birding involving local villagers and panchayat representatives and training of frontline staff of the forest department in bird identification.

The Department said a detailed report is in preparation and will be circulated by the first week of March

This initiative was coordinated by Joint Secretary (Forests) Sat Pal Dhiman, Chief Conservator Forest (HQR) Nagesh Guleria, Chief Conservator Forest (WL) South Sushil Kapta, DFO (Hqr) N.P.S. Dhaulta along with other senior officers of the department.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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