The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its Meeting held here today granted approve to launch ‘Bal/Balika Suraksha Yojna’ to motivate people to adopt orphan and destitute children so that they could grow up in a family atmosphere under the custody of the family head. The Scheme aims at saving such children from admission into orphanages and encourage participation of families in discharging social responsibilities besides ensuring emotional back-up to such deprived children. Any family with annual income of below Rs. 60,000 and free from any serious ailments will be eligible to become custodian of the children. State Government would be providing a financial grant of Rs. 500 per month per child to the family. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal presided over the Meeting.

It was decided to amend selection criteria for Aanganwari Workers/Helpers by incorporating provision of giving preference to Sewing Teachers of respective Gram Panchayats in recruitment to the posts of Aanganwari Workers/Helpers besides giving preference to widows, unmarried and those married women, who have no whereabouts of their husbands for past seven years, under Single Woman Scheme.

It was decided to authorize Director, Tourism and Civil Aviation to enter into Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Government of Himachal Pradesh with Government of Punjab to undertake execution of Ropeway Project to link two prominent shrines of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab with Sri Naina Devi jee in Himachal Pradesh, on Public Private Partnership (PPP) on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis by creating a Special Purpose Vehicle consisting of 10 Directors, 5 from each State. Concession period will be 40 years and construction period 3 years. The project aims at giving boost to religious tourism in both the States.

Cabinet also granted approval to adopt a Policy with regard to filling up of vacancies of teachers on period basis in tribal and notified backward areas through School Management Committees wherein local educated unemployed trained youth would be given preference. Post Graduate Teachers teaching Plus One and Plus Two students will be given Rs. 150 per period and for teaching 9th and 10th classes Rs. 100 per period, Trained Graduate Teachers to get Rs. 100 per period with maximum of Rs. 6,000 per month, Shashtri and Language Teachers to get Rs. 75 per period subject to a maximum of Rs. 4,500 per month and JBTs to get Rs. 75 per period and a maximum of Rs. 3,500 per month. The decision will go a long way in generating employment avenues to the rural educated unemployed youth as also ensure adequate teaching facilities to the students in difficult and remote areas.

It was decided to regularize Daily Wage/Contingent Paid Workers working in different departments who have completed 8 years of regular service on March 31, 2012, with a minimum of 240 days in a calendar year, except where specified otherwise for the tribal areas, against the vacancies available in respective departments. It was decided to grant Daily Wage rank to remaining 274 Part Time Revenue Chowkidars in Revenue Department all over the State.

It was decided to outsource 11 positions of different categories under first phase of the Society registered under Integrated Child Protection Scheme on fixed honorarium out of retired State Government employees, fill up 3 posts of Naib Tehsildar in Divisional Offices of Mandi and Kangra.

It was approved to take Gram Panchayats Dugha and Bajuri in district Hamirpur; Tunan, Poshna and Thachwa in Tehsil Nirmand, district Kullu out of the purview of Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Act, 1977.

Cabinet decided to apply recruitment and promotion rules to the employees of the 95 percent Government funded private educational institutions of the time when it was approved for the State Grant while taking over the same under Government control. It was decided to open new Ayurvedic Health Centre at Baroti village of district Mandi and fill vacancies through internalization. It was decided to rename Government Industrial Training Institute, Talwar, district Kangra as ‘Government Industrial Training Institute. Balakrupi’. It was also decided to name Harsipattan bridge over Beas River as ‘Samir Setu’ to name the same after Martyr Major Samir Katwal of Sandhol, district Mandi, in memory of the warrior. A car has also been sanctioned in replacement of old condemned car to Deputy Commissioner, Mandi.