Shimla: Giving a thrust to hydro-electric generation the Himachal cabinet today approved signing of pre-implementation agreement (PIA) for the 140 MW Chango-Yangthang project and 200 MW Bara Banghal project in the private sector. The cabinet also decided to invite private sector participation for the 60 MW Ropa Hydroelectric project through competitive open bidding.
Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the cabinet also enhanced the share capital of HP Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe corporation to Rs 60 crore. This would enable the corporation to provide more liberal financial help to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, a cabinet spokesman said.
For the technical assistance provided by Takniki Sahayaks, the cabinet approved a service fee of 2 percent for jobs worth Rs 50,000 and 1.5 percent for the works that ranged between Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh.
For speedy disposal of forest clearances of hydel projects, the cabinet sanctioned a post of conservator rank in the HP State Electricity Board who is to be placed with HP Power Corporation.
The cabinet also approved twenty-nine supernumerary posts for filling up of the backlog meant for persons with disability in the Urban Development Department as per the guidelines of the administrative department; 200 posts of Assistant Librarian in the Department of Higher Education; 147 posts of various categories for Government Polytechnics at Sundernagar, Kangra, Hamirpur, Ambota, Rohru and Kandaghat to cater to the increased number of vocational courses and higher admissions; 7 posts of Election Kanungo in the State Election Department.
Cabinet also approved to release the salary of 50 part time water carriers of Lahaul and Spiti District as grant-in-aid through the respective gram panchayats to whom no payment had been made since 2003 and impose a penalty of Rs. 2000 over each of the three delinquent officers who had appointed them in contravention of the recruitment procedure of the government.
It approved introduction of Himachal Pradesh Municipal Act (Amendment) Bill, 2008 to pave the way for providing equal representation to both men and women in the reserved category quota. The same roster would be applicable in the Shimla Municipal Corporation elections as well.
It approved amendment in the Recruitment and Promotion Rules of the Tehsil Welfare Officer (Class-II) Non-Gazetted on 50 percent by promotion and 50 percent by direct recruitment; Recruitment and Promotion Rules for the post of Horticulture Extension Officers in Horticulture Department.
It decided to take over the privately managed Indira Gandhi High School, Shehrol, in Arki Sub Division of district Solan and the services of eligible staff working therein.
It sanctioned 4 Maruti Alto Cars on replacement basis to Tourism Department and HP Tourism Development Corporation. It also approved that HPTDC will hire 3rd vehicle from the open market on rental basis; one vehicle for GAD.