Shimla: Himachal Cabinet today decided to waive off the agriculture loan recovery under ‘Taccavi Loan’ and ‘Loan for Soil Conservation/ Land Development‘ pertaining to the year 1950 and 1960, from 43,485 small and marginal farmers of the State, amounting to Rs. 4,95,89,019 (Rs. 2,10,821,133.57 principal amount and Rs. 2,85,06,885.78 interest amount upto July, 2009).
Cabinet granted approval for introduction of Emergency Medical Response and Transportation (EMR&T) system in the State by forming a Society and enter into a contract with the Special Purpose Vehicle to be formed by the successful bidder. There will be a network of 100 to 150 ambulances, stationed at appropriate places all over the State and Emergency Response Centre equipped with necessary information technology hardware and software to support the system. The project is likely to cost Rs. 20 crore with recurring expenditure of upto Rs. 15 crore annually.
Cabinet decided to permit generation of 8 MW electricity by ACC Limited at Gagal Cement Works, Barmana, district Bilaspur, based upon Waste Heat Recovery System of kiln pre-heater and cooler exhaust gases of Gagal-I and Gagal-II, at a cost of Rs. 71 crore, strictly under the provisions of the Electricity Act.
It approved constitution of Urban Transport Management Society for plying of buses under the supervision of HP State Road Transport Corporation under Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urgan Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
It decided to have an optional subject of Urdu and Punjabi classes from 6th to 8th standard in 100 schools each. It was further decided to grant Rs. 250 as monthly honorarium to the trained serving teachers for teaching Punjabi and Urdu, and in other schools where trained teachers are not available Rs. 70 per period shall be paid to those teachers who have proficiency in teaching these optional languages.
It approved amendment in the guidelines for recruitment of Aanganwari Workers and Aanganwari Sahayikas with a view to adopt more transparent recruitment process and provide ample opportunities to the vulnerable sections of the society.
It approved recruitment of 64 Dental Doctors on contract basic through Rogi Kalyan Samitis.