BY | October 22, 2009

dhumal00Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its meeting held here today granted permission for filling up of 637 vacancies of various categories in different departments of the State Government. It includes 259 vacancies in Revenue Department, 369 vacancies in Home Department and 15 vacancies in Forest Department. Revenue vacancies shall include recruitment of 20 stenographers, 75 clerks on contract basis while 164 vacancies of the class IV shall be filled up from amongst the surplus pool created by the State Government to man the offices of Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioner and speed up disposal of all pending revenue cases in respective offices. 335 vacancies in Home Department includes recruitment of 50 lady constables and 34 Sub Inspectors to strengthen the law and order maintenance agencies. 15 posts of Forest Range Officers shall be filled up on contract basis for better forest management and protection of the forest wealth. Permission has also been granted to fill-up 28 vacancies of teaching and non-teaching categories in the newly upgraded Government High and Senior Secondary Schools.
Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, presided over the meeting.
It approved raising of 6th India Reserve Battalion in district Sirmour generating employment to 1,007 educated unemployed youth in the State.
It accepted the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub Committee and decided to grant permission to open Medical College under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode at Sarkaghat in district Mandi besides two more medical colleges at Hamirpur and Una as Green Field Project. The decision shall add to creation of quality medical education infrastructure and better health care facilities for the rural people. Besides it will provide more trained manpower to man the health institutions within the State.
Cabinet further agreed to set-up 10 CT Scan Service Centres in various health institutions in the State under private partnership for a period of 5 years with a view to deliver people better health care facilities at their door steps. Below Poverty Line (BPL) families shall be eligible to avail facilities free of cost as the same shall be re-imbursed by respective Rogi Kalyan Samitis to the private operators.
It decided to cancel allotment of Jangi-Thopan-Powari HEP of 960MW capacity allotted to M/S Brakel Corporation NV in view of the Hon’ble High Court judgement dated 7th October, 2009. It has further been decided to invite fresh bids for above project. A show cause notice will also be issued to the Company for lapses and causing delay and financial loss to the State.
It decided to undertake the purchase of medicines for government hospitals through the respective Rogi Kalyan Samitis on the approved rate contract with a view to speed up shipment of the medicines to the concerned health institution directly.
It approved opening of 5 new Veterinary dispensaries at Krishan-Kot-Amar-Kot, Gram Panchayat Ajauli ( Jwalapur Area) in district Sirmour; Seri, Gram Panchayat Bhanwas, district Mandi; Nalbagi, Gram Panchayat Nalbagi, district Mandi; Deem, Gram Panchayat Deem, district Kullu and Baasa, Gram Panchayat Bisadhar, district Kullu, besides upgradation of one Veterinary dispensary, Sarahar (Kullu) to Veterinary Hospital to provide cattle owners better animal care facilities near to their homes.
It approved setting up of Government Ayurvedic B-Pharmacy College at Jogindernagar in district Mandi and attach the same to the Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Paprola in district Kangra.
It approved transfer of 2-60-16 hectares of government land in Mohal Pratapnagar, Tehsil Amb, district Una for Nangal-Talwara Railway Line free of cost to pave the way for construction of ongoing railway line project.

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