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HP Cabinet reviews BJP govt`s decision

The HP Cabinet Wednesday reviewed all the decisions taken by the previous BJP government during the last six months.

Shimla: The HP Cabinet Wednesday reviewed all the decisions taken by the previous BJP government during the last six months and reversed some of the major ones, including reopening of all the government schools which were de-notified by the Prem Kumar Dhumal government.

The Cabinet decided to reopen all the 149 government schools, which included 34 Primary, 66 Middle, 25 High and 24 Senior Secondary.

In the light of pulse scam during the BJP government, the Cabinet decided to invite global tenders for purchase of pulses under subsidised ration scheme and also reversed the decision of earlier government to convert the cadre of Para Medical staff from state to district cadre.

Cabinet also approved the creation of eight posts of Additional Advocate Generals and one post of Deputy Advocate General in the office of Advocate General Himachal Pradesh on tenure basis.

Cabinet gave its nod for signing of tripartite MoU for creating National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) for panchayats in the state with department of Telecommunications, Government of India and Bharat Broadband Network Limited in accordance with conditions/observations of PWD, Forests, Municipality, Panchayat Authorities, Electricity Board and IPH department of the state.

The NOFN will help in proliferating the benefits of Information and Technology down to panchayat level and help in facilitating electronic delivery of services like e-education, e-health, e-banking, e-agriculture etc. To the rural population of the state.

It would also generate additional employment which will decrease the migration of population from rural to urban areas.

Cabinet decided to repeal the Sixth Amendment made in
the Himachal Pradesh Right to Information Act-2006 in public interest.

Amendment allowed the Public Information Officer, the first appellate authority and the Information Commission to dismiss the appeal of the person, who claims information under RTI Act, on the base that he or his representatives fails to appear in the hearing.

The Cabinet decided that all the Nursing Institutions, for which NOC was given by the previous government, would be inspected to verify whether they fulfilled the norms prescribed by Indian Nursing Council.

And, in cases where NOC was granted and project remained unimplemented, because Indian Nursing Council had not granted them permission, it would be reviewed.

The Cabinet also decided to review the MoU signed between Punjab and Himachal Pradesh for construction of "Shri Naina Devi Ji and Anandpur Sahib" rope way by a committee headed by chief secretary which would submit the report o the cabinet.

A consolidated salary of Rs 26,250 per month will be given to all Dental Medical Officers appointed on or after August 18, 2010.

It was also decided to regularise the services of 64 Dental Medical Officers appointed in 2007 on contract basis.

A regularisation policy for Dental Medical Officers on the analogy of Medical Officer (General) appointed under `Rogi Kalyan Samiti` was also approved.

The decision to repeal the amendment would help the matters to be disposed on merits while keeping in view the spirits of the Act.

Cabinet gave its approval for shifting of North Circle
office of HIMUDA from Hamirpur (Home district of former chief minister) to Dharamsala along with existing staff.

It was decided that Tube Well Sub Division Amb along with eight posts of different categories to be transferred to Jhelara and for opening Flood Control Sub Division at Jhelara in Una district.

In another significant decision, the Cabinet decided to defer the implementation of the Constitution (85th Amendment) act, 2001 and continue with the existing reservation system till the finalisation of this matter, in view of ongoing process of the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill, 2012 by the Union government.

It was decided to amend the policy being implemented for admissions in Post Graduate Degree/Diploma Courses in all government and private Medical and Dental colleges of the state.

The amendment provided that from 2013-14, the admissions would be made on the basis of 66.6 per cent state quota and the amendment would be effective for next three academic sessions.

As per the prevailing norms, 90 per cent seats were reserved for GDOs, which would be increased to 95 per cent from 2013-14 sessions which was found impractical as adequate numbers of GDOs were not available for these courses.

Cabinet gave its approval to fill up 205 posts of Forest Guards on contract basis in the Forest department and 20 posts of Assistant Professors in IGMC, Shimla and Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, Kangra through direct recruitment.