Stalled Jakhu ropeway, Himachal excise policy gets cabinet nod

Shimla: Stalled Jakhu ropeway was given the cabinet nod on Saturday as it approved the years excise policy and granted approval to Rs 870.16 Cr for supplementary demands for the 2012-13 budget.

Presided over by chief minister Virbhadra Singh, the cabinet approved providing free transport in Himachal roadways buses for students of government schools from 1st April.

Jakhu Hills
Jakhu Hills

Stalled for many years for violation of city building laws, the cabinet decided to grant relaxation to base and top stations for Jakhu Ropeway building. However, the cabinet did not grant any relaxation for applicable penalty under HP Municipal Corp Act 1994 for the violations made.

The supplementary budget demand for Rs 870.16 Cr additionality to be presented in the Vidhan Sabha during the upcoming session was approved.

The cabinet gave its approval to engage NIELIT, Chandigarh, a government service provider agency for providing IT education to the students of Plus one and Plus two classes.

The transport ministry proposal of bringing all rain shelters on road sides under the department for proper use and maintenance got the cabinet nod.

Other than reviewing the cabinet decisions taken by the last government during its last six months the cabinet created an additional post of member in the HP Private Educational Institution Regulatory Commission.

The cabinet approved filling up of three post of professors and two posts of assistant professors in HP Dental College through direct recruitments. Three posts of sanitary inspectors for Shimla Municipal Corporation were created by the cabinet.

New rules under the Right to Education were inserted. These rules would enable disadvantaged groups and weaker sections in getting their children admitted to privately managed aid and un-aided schools, said a cabinet spokesman.

The cabinet also approved ration quota for below poverty line (BPL) and Antodaya families in Chamba and Sirmaur districts.

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