Informatics Practices made a compulsory subject in Himachal secondary schools

Cabinet decisions

Free sale of power permitted, 2 grounds leased to HPCA, 5000 posts of teachers sanctioned

Shimla: Permitting independent power producers to dispose of power in the open market, the cabinet today also approved capacity enhancement of 23 small hydro projects, agreed to lease out two grounds to HP Cricket Control Board, sanctioned 5000 posts of teachers and made informatics a compulsory subject in secondary schools.

Presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the state cabinet decided to make Informatics Practices a compulsory subject in arts stream and an optional subject at the senior secondary school level.

Besides creating 5000 posts of teachers for schools, the cabinet made a rationalsation provision under which 970 posts would be marked for post graduate teachers to teach the new compulsory subject.

Rules for HP Private Educational Institutions (Regulatory Commission), 2011 were adopted by the cabinet .

Approval was granted to lease out state owned outdoor stadium at Nurpur to HP Cricket Association (HPCA) for a 30 year period to develop it into a cricket stadium. It was also decided to lease out 1.61 hectares of land at Gumma in Kotkhai to HPCA for development of a cricket stadium.

The cabinet permitted IPPs to dispose of power from their project in any manners they liked under provisions of Electricity Act, 2003 after making a provision for royalty free power to the state government.

In case of projects where capacity enhancement have already been approved, the IPP, who have already signed agreements with the different clause for mode of sale of power, would be at liberty to sign open access clause, said a cabinet spokesman.

Approval was granted for elevation changes and capacity enhancement to 23 small hydro electric projects.

Borrowing limit of HP State electricity board was increased from Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 crores.

Free power share from the private sector 1000 MW Karchham-Wangtoo project is to be sold through Power Trading Corp till the project starts regular generation.

All the 137 employees of the closed Nahan Foundry are to be absorbed by other departments.

Wheat farmers of Una and adjoining districts are to compensated for loss of production due to high incident of yellow dust in certain varieties.

The cabinet decided to bring uniformity in salary of bus conductors by making a provision of commission along with the Rs 2000 salary for conductors employed under JNURM program.

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