Himachal Pradesh Cabinet

The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, which met on Saturday evening under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, approved the amendment in Comprehensive Guiding Principles-2013 for regulating the transfers of State Government employees during the ban on the transfers.

As per the amendment, transfers, during the ban period if needed, would be ordered with the prior approval of the Chief Minister only. The transfers would be permitted only in such circumstances when there would be immediate requirement to fill up vacant posts in tribal/difficult/hard areas. Similarly, the transfers would be ordered during this period to fill up the vacancies arising on account of retirement, promotion and new creation and in the cases where employees are transferred on account of disciplinary proceedings/vigilance cases or criminal proceedings etc. the transfers would also be ordered to fill up the vacant posts in view of the administrative exigencies. In the case of exigencies and on administrative grounds as well as priorities of the government, by recording reasons in writing, the condition of short stay and short distance can be condoned.

Cabinet gives its nod to upgrade Community Health Centre Sunni in Shimla district to 50 bedded Civil Hospital. It will benefit around 38 thousand population of Sunni development block and around 40 thousand population of Karsog area of Mandi district. Approval was also given to fill four posts of Medical Officers, one post each of Pharmacist, Ward Sister, Operation Theatre Assistant and Laboratory Assistant, five posts of Staff Nurses and two posts of Clerks as per the norms of 50 bedded hospitals.

The Cabinet approved filling up of 35 posts of Medical Officer’s (Dental) on contract basis at consolidated emoluments of Rs. 26,250 per month. It granted approval to fill up posts of different categories in Health Department on contract basis through HPSSSB expeditiously. These includes 261 posts of Staff Nurse, 75 posts of Lab Assistant, 22 posts of Radiographer, 24 posts of Operation Theatre Assistant and 53 posts of Pharmacist.

The consent has been given to fill up 50 posts of Surveyors in Public Works Department by way of direct recruitment on contract basis by relaxation of R&P Rules.

The cabinet accorded approval for establishing a Police Post at Tauni Devi in Hamirpur district. It would cover eight gram panchayats and 44 villages. Approval was also given for creation of eight posts of various categories for this Police Post which would be filled by internalization.

The Cabinet decided not to invoke the enabling provisions of Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution in respect of reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. It approved to award balance work of widening and strengthening of Sarkaghat-Ghumarwin road in favour of M/S M.G Contractors Private Limited, Panchkula.

The Cabinet gave approval to cancel the unimplemented Cabinet decision for the opening of a Fire Post at Kala Amb in Sirmaur district.

The Cabinet also decided to adopt the method of self-certification of documents by the applicants/stakeholders, as recommended by the 2nd Administrative Reforms Commission in its 12th Report in the State. The original documents and certificates would be verified at the time of viva-voce and final stage. Any candidate giving false information/ declaration would be debarred from employment in State Government /Board/ Corporation/ Autonomous Bodies for a period of three years and could also be considered liable for criminal proceedings.

The Cabinet gave approval for making amendment in the eligibility criteria for selection of families for foster care under Bal/Balika Suraksha Yojana-2012.

To meet escalation in bitumen prices for PMGSY projects, it was decided that the hike in bitumen prices up to 10 percent shall be borne by the contractor and above 10 percent would be borne by the concerned department. This decision would be applicable for the tenders opened on or after 1 November, 2013.

The Cabinet decided to cancel the projects of seven Independent Power Producers for their failure in executing projects in time. These include M/S Gehra Hydro Power Pvt. Ltd., M/S Ajay Energy Pvt. Ltd., M/S National Engineers & Contractors, M/S Chattarkhand Hydro Imperial Projects, M/S Modi Power Pvt. Ltd. and two projects of M/S Sant Prem Singh Hydro Power Pvt. Ltd.

It approved creating and filling of 23 posts of teaching faculty and eight posts of non-teaching staff in addition to filling up 19 posts of teaching faculty already created for Jawaharlal Nehru Government Engineering College, Sundernagar.

The Cabinet consented to fill up three posts of clerks on contract basis for persons with disabilities and one post of Class-IV on daily wage basis in Co-operation Department. It gave its nod to make amendments in Resettlement & Rehabilitation Scheme/Rules for regularization of encroachments of Bhakra Dam oustees at a rate of Re. 1 per square meter up to 150 square meters.

Cabinet decided to shift Mechanical Circle to Dharamshala from State Workshop of PWD and I&PH at Nahan Foundry along-with posts of Superintending Engineer (Mechanical).

It approved the recommendations of HPIDB to execute 13 projects allotted to HIMURJA through private parties by bidding process. The HIMURJA will execute three small hydroelectric projects namely Tauhuk, Lower Sumej and Kareri.

Cabinet decided to cancel the notification regarding opening of Primary Health Center at Kot Sanaur in Mandi district and opening of new PHC at Gram Panchayat Nasloh along with creation of one post of Medical Officer and one post of Pharmacist. The Health Sub-Center from Nasloh would be shifted to the village Bijani of Mandi district. The policy guidelines and performance evaluation tool was also approved for appointment of BRCs under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.

The Cabinet gave approval for amendments in Himachal Pradesh Forest Produce Transit (Land) Rules, 1978. It also gave approval for the proposal of the Forest Department that the cutting and felling of Khair, bamboos and other miscellaneous broad leaves species under ten years programme would be allowed after obtaining prior permission.

The Cabinet also approved the policy on Payment of Ecosystem Services (PES) in order to give incentives to the local communities for conservation of ecosystem.

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