Himachal to conduct caste census in two phases

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Shimla : Caste and socio-economic census 2011 will be carried out in two phases in Himachal Pradesh.From Oct 12 to Nov 17 in the tribal areas and from Nov 14 to Dec 19 in the rest of the state .

“The census will help in formulation of policies and programmes for various sections of society and also identify families to be covered under various poverty alleviation programmes,” a spokesman of the state government said here Saturday .

The state cabinet which met here also gave its approval for discontinuation of board examinations for 10 plus one in the state.This exam will now be conducted by the state’s education department .

It was also decided to transfer 2,322 rural water supply schemes to local panchayats , authorising them to engage water guards to undertake regular supply of water and operational tasks, the expenditure would be borne under NRDWP allocations and state funds .

The national health insurance scheme(NHIS) has also been renewed for the next three years till Feb ,2015 . More eligible categories have been brought under the insurance fold .

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