The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its meeting held here today decided to granted relaxation and exemption in the prescribed criteria of AICTE and H.P Private Technical and Vocational Educational Institutions (Regulation of admission & fixation of fee) Act, 2008, as it has decided to lower the marks percentage to 50 percent in qualifying examination for admission this year with relaxation of 5 percent for reserved categories.
However, Cabinet made clear that it would be a final relaxation and from next year no relaxation/exemption in the prescribed criteria of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and HP Act, 2008 will be allowed. It was also decided that security amount of students passed out be refunded within stipulated time.
The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
Cabinet also decided to provide additional honorarium of Rs 1000 to as many as 518 Special Police Officers (SPOs) rendering service in remote areas of district Chamba and Lahaul & Spiti bordering Jammu and Kashmir.
It was decided to provide forest land on lease to M/s Om Energy Generation Private limited for construction of seven megawatt Holy–II Power Project in Chamba district at fixed lease amount for forty years.
It was decided that faculty members of Medical and Dental colleges be allowed time bound up-gradation of designations upon fulfillment of eligibility criteria in their substantive pay subject to fitness and approval was also given for establishing collegium style of functioning in two medical colleges and a dental college of the State.
The Cabinet accorded approval for opening Veterinary dispensary in Gram Panchayat Shilladesh, in Chohara block of district Shimla with two posts necessary for its functioning on contract basis. It was also decided to open Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Pulwahal in Gram Panchayat Jawag in district Shimla. Approval was given to open Tehsil Welfare Office at Rait (Shahpur) in district Kangra.
A decision was taken to relocate the H.P PWD Shimla Rural Division Dhami to Totu and a new PWD Sub-Division to be opened at Dhami.
It was decided to raise one additional company of Home Guard Volunteers at Sub-Division Chopal in Home Guard and Civil Defence Department as per the announcement of Chief Minister.
The decision was made to amend Rule 26 and 28 of H.P Stamp Rules, 1973 wherein the limit to sell the judicial and non-judicial stamp papers has been enhanced from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 20,000.
The Cabinet gave its approval to allot land on lease to DAV College Trust and Management Society New Delhi for construction of school building and play ground at Rehan in district Kangra.
It also gave approval for filling up posts of various categories in district Lahaul-Spiti. It approved broucher/guidelines for inviting applications for allotment of small hydroelectric projects up to 5 MW capacity under identified and self identified basis as proposed by HIMURJA.
Cabinet has also decided to engage teachers through School Management Committees (SMC) on period basis in elementary and higher education departments in all the newly upgraded schools in the State and it also approved to extend this SMC policy to the schools where any sanctioned post was remaining vacant for over two years.
It also decided to create and fill up 24 posts of different categories in Rajiv Gandhi Government Engineering College, Kangra at Nagrota-Bagwan.
The approval was accorded to create 13 posts of Supervisors in Municipal Corporation, Shimla from retrospective date by upgrading the posts of Mate/Labourers.
The Cabinet approved amendment in Rule 45, 50 and 50(4) of the H.P Value Added Tax Rules, 2005.
The Cabinet gave approval for constructing two-storeys parking floor and two-storeys Sarai Bhawan in Lakkar Bazar area of Shimla for cancer patients.
The Cabinet also approved revision of pension for pre-2006 pensioners of UGC pay scales to H.P Government College Cadre Employees.
It was also decided to fill up one vacant post each of Assistant Professor and Associate professor in department of Nephrology in IGMC Shimla through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission by direct recruitment.
Decision was taken to fill up ten posts of Havildar Instructor/Quarter Master Havildar in Home Guards & Civil Defence department.
The Cabinet also has given its nod to fill up 50 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Treasury, Accounts and Lottery department on contract basis. A decision was taken to engage manpower of as many as 100 in number (both un-skilled and semi skilled) on contract basis from some approved service provider in Himachal Pradesh Forest Corporation.
It was decided to fill up 20 posts of Assistant District Attorneys on contract basis in Prosecution department and filling up three posts of civil judge in Himachal Subordinate Judiciary.