Himachal Pradesh cabinet decides to keep schools closed for now | Shimla News

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh cabinet has decided not to open schools for the time being and continue with the existing restrictions to check the Covid-19 pandemic. The cabinet also gave its nod to constitute a cabinet sub-committee under the chairmanship of jal shakti minister Mahender Singh Thakur with education minister Govind Thakur and forest minister Rakesh Pathania as its members to resolve the issue of compensation for land acquisition linked with four-lane construction project. This sub committee would examine the policy related to it in neighboring states.
In the cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur ,nod was given for amendment and insertion in Himachal Pradesh Buildings and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Service) Rules, 2008, to increase the ambition of the scheme and provide more benefits to eligible beneficiaries. It also decided to start ‘female birth gift scheme’ under which a fixeddeposit of Rs 51,000 may be given on the birth of a female child, maximum up to two girls; ‘differently abled and mentally retarded children benefit scheme’ under which Rs 20,000 per annum would be provided to the child with disability of 50% or above.
It also decided to start widow pension of Rs 1,500 per month to the widows of registered beneficiaries. It also decided to start hostel facility scheme under which a registered building and other construction workers would receive an amount of Rs 20,000 maximum for bearing the expenses incurred on account of lodging, boarding and food bill of his children living in any hostel and starting Mukhyamantri Awas Yojna under which registered beneficiary already enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna or Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna would receive a financial assistance of Rs 1,50,000 to build his/her own house.
The secretaries in charge of home, PWD, jal shakti, education, health, youth services and sports and animal husbandry briefed the cabinet on chief minister’s announcements pertaining to their departments. The cabinet accorded its approval for renewal of state government’s ‘no default guarantee’ in favor of Himachal Road Transport Corporation for availing case credit limit of Rs 60 crore for the financial year 2021-22.
It gave its approval to fill up two posts of Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services through direct recruitment by holding Himachal Pradesh Combined Competitive Examination 2021 on regular basis.
It also gave its consent to fill up 12 posts of Junior Technician (Electrical) in Public Works Department through direct recruitment on contract basis. It decided to fill up four posts of drivers for development blocks Pragpur, Kaza, Baijnath and Ghumarwin under Rural Development Department.
Cabinet decided to fill up six posts of Associate Director in Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Palampur. It also approved the construction of additional three suites in Rest House building Sarahan in Pachhad area of ​​Sirmaur district.
Cabinet decided to create new Division of Public Works Department at Thalaut in Mandi district alongwith creation of 11 posts of different categories. It approved creation of new Sub Division of PWD at Timbi in Sirmaur district alongwith creation of requisite posts for its smooth functioning. It gave its consent to curve out new Development Block at Baroh in Kangra district from Development Blocks Nagrota Bagwan and Kangra.


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