The State Cabinet in its meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur decided to implement Rs. 224 crore ‘Saur Sinchayee Yojna’ in the State. Under the Scheme, 90 percent financial assistance will be provided to individual small and marginal farmers and 80 percent subsidy to individual medium and big farmers. Similarly, 100 percent financial assistance will be provided to a group of farmers of small and marginal category/Kisan Vikas Sanghs/Krishak Vikas Sangh/registered body of farmers etc. Under this scheme 5850 agriculture solar pumping sets will be made available to the farmers.
The Cabinet gave its approval to launch Rs. 174.50 crore flow irrigation scheme in accordance to the budget assurance made by the Chief Minister. Under the scheme to be implemented by Agriculture department, 7152.30 hectare area will be brought under assured irrigation benefiting over 9580 farmers of the State.
The Cabinet also decided to start Rs. 20 crore ‘Rajya Krishi Yantrikaran Programme’ in the State for farm mechanization. Under this scheme 50 percent subsidy will be provided to the eligible beneficiaries belonging to small and marginal farmers, women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on purchasing of small tractors, power tillers, weeders and other need based/ approved machineries.
It also decided to start ‘Vidyarthi Van Mitra Yojna’ to educate and sensitize students about the importance of forest and their role in environmental conservation. It also aims at inculcating sense of attachment towards nature conservation. The scheme aims at increasing forest cover through plantation with the active participation of the students.
The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up 103 vacant posts of Home Guard Volunteer Drivers in Home Guard and Civil Defense Department on honorarium pay to cater to the needs of various departments/corporations of the State Government.
It also accorded its consent to fill up 41 posts of Sub-Inspector (Executive Police) in Police Department through direct recruitment.
The Cabinet gave its approval to open new Fire Post at Salooni in district Chamba along-with creation of requisite posts to man this Post.
It also provided its nod to upgrade Primary Health Centre, Patali Kuhal in district Kullu to Community Health Centre along-with creation of seven posts of different categories to manage the Centre.
The Cabinet gave its approval to issue No Objection Certificates (NoC) to 14 private nursing institutes in the State to run nursing courses.
It decided to create and fill up 11 posts of Junior Cameraman and five vacant posts of Assistant Public Relations Officers in Information and Public Relations Department on contract basis through direct recruitment.
The Cabinet also gave its approval for the guidelines of Shreshth Shahar Yojna to select the best municipal councils and nagar panchayats on the twin indicators of sanitation/ cleanliness and public services. The scheme aims to reward and incentivize best performing urban local bodies on the indicators of sanitation/cleanliness, increase in income, public services delivery, construction regulations, fund utilization, public infrastructure and official work.
A presentation was given by the Urban Development Department on Shimla/Dharamshala Smart City project in the Cabinet meeting.
The Cabinet decided to allot 2.50 MW Burua hydro electric project to M/s Juniper Infracon (P) Ltd., Manali, district Kullu and 0.80 MW Graman projectto M/s Subhash Chand Lower Samkhetar, district Mandi.
The Cabinet gave its approval to allow sale of thermocol cutlery items being manufactured in the State outside Himachal Pradesh as there is complete ban on sale of thermocol cutlery in the State.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to transfer 62.06 bighas government land on lease in the name of Hydro Engineering College Society Bandla for 99 years @ rupees one per bigha for setting up College at Bandla in Bilaspur district. It gave approval for renaming it as Government Hydro Engineering College Bandla, Bilaspur.
The Cabinet thanked Union Government for approving National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) battalion of Himachal Pradesh.
It also gave its approval to fill up 17 posts of Junior Engineers in Agriculture Department on contract basis and 11 posts of Assistant Engineer (Civil) in Irrigation and Public Health Department on contract basis.