Himachal To Move Education Regulatory Commission Bill

Week long Monsoon Session for 17 August

Shimla : The Himachal cabinet today decided to hold a week long monsoon session from 17 August, even as it constituted a committee for drafting of HP Private Educational Institutions (Regulatory Commission) Bill 2010 that it hopes to legislate

Chaired by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the cabinet decided to recommend to the Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, for convening of the monsoon session 17 to 23 August.

Having allowed mushroom growth of private educational institutions, some of which have been found wanting, the cabinet today set up a committee consisting of education minister ID Dhiman, technical education minister Narender Bragta and health minister Rajiv Bindal for preparing a draft for HP Private Educational Institutions (Regulatory Commission) Bill 2010.

Other members of the committee are chief secretary designate Rajwant Sandhu, additional chief secretary Avay Shukla, secretary finance Ajay Tyagi, health secretary PC Dhiman and secretary education Srikant Baldi. The committee has been asked to submit the draft by first week of August.

Cabinet approves inviting bids for 18 hydro projects

Other decisions taken by the cabinet included approving revised bid document and notice inviting proposals for the hydro electric projects with more than 5 MW of generation capacity.

The cabinet decided to advertise 18 projects with more than 5 MW capacity that have a total generation capacity of 1,357.5 MW, said a cabinet spokesman.

The projects approved for advertising include Suil (13 MW), Kilhi-Bahl (7.5 MW), Cho Tundah (9 MW), Danchho (12 MW), Tanger Chanju ( 9 MW), Dugar ( 236 MW), Purthi (300 MW), Tingret ( 81 MW), Lara Sumta ( 104 MW), Rashil (102 MW), Tandi (104 MW), Patam ( 60 MW), Sumte Kothang ( 130 MW), Teiling ( 94 MW), Shangling (44 MW), Jobrie ( 12 MW), Nesang ( 10 MW) and Malana-III ( 30 MW).

Self Identified Projects will also be advertised in which the identifier will be required to participate as open bidder along with other eligible contenders, the spokesman said.

The Self Identifiers offering their bid will have to match with the highest quote in case their respective bids are above 70 percent of the highest bidder for the project so as to avail the preferential right over the projects identified by them for execution.

To promote water harvesting the cabinet decided to introduce ‘Chief Minister’s Rain Water Harvesting Award’ carrying maximum cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.

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