Himachal Cabinet Awards Rs 142 Cr World Bank Aided Road project to Delhi company

Shimla: Giving road construction activity a boost, the Himachal cabinet late on Saturday handed out the Rs 142.22 crore road widening and strengthening contract in favour of Delhi based Som Datt Builders construction company.

The 72 Km Kumarhatti-Sarahan-Nahan road is to be upgraded with funds provided under a World Bank aided project.

Other than the permission for setting up three universities that the cabinet gave last month, presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal the cabinet on Saturday agreed to issue a letter of intent to Delhi based Hydro Carbons Education and Research Society for setting up a private university.

Approval for ‘first statute’ of Eternal University – Baru Saheb, a private university in district Sirmaur was granted.

The cabinet approved a draft of Himachal Pradesh Financial Rules, 2009, for notification by cancelling the Himachal Pradesh Financial Rules, 1971 and Himachal Pradesh Budget Manual, 1971.

To provide for effective implementation of government policies, the Himahcal cabinet late on Saturday decided to make a secretary level officer incharge of each district to oversee functioning and monitor targets under various programs.

Cabinet spokesman said that the decision aims at giving renewed momentum to uniform and balanced development and to deliver benefits for targeted groups.

The cabinet also decided to hold a monthly review of departmental progress, including the implementation of 20 point program implementation.

Other decision taken included empanelling private ayurvedic medical institutions set up within the state for purpose of treatment and reimbursement, sanctioned 32 vehicles for the police force to ensure efficient mobility, granted one time relaxation in recruitment and promotion of 21 health educators and sanctioned 20 posts in HP Power Corporation for timely execution of 40 MW Renuka Dam and 60 MW Tidong-II hydro projects.

A post of chairman, state press advisory committee was created by the cabinet as was granting of state level festival to Lohir Mela of Pragpur village in Kangra.

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