Council of Ministers gives nod to regularize services of 3000 part-timers


Himachal Pradesh council of ministers accorded approval to regularize the services of about 3000 part-time water carriers and water carriers-cum peon on daily wages working in Higher/Elementary Education Department, appointed under 1996 and 2001 policy. This would cost around Rs. 60 crore extra on the State exchequer. Those who have rendered 14 years continuous service till 31stMarch, 2016 and 30th September, 2016 (as well as on the same dates in subsequent years) be regularized as Peon (Class-IV) against the available vacancies throughout the State.


The Cabinet also decided to regularize the service of 64 daily wagers by creating 54 personal supernumerary posts of various categories, involving relaxation in educational qualification in 32 cases. The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The Cabinet also decided for framing the Himachal Pradesh Conferment of Proprietary Rights (in certain cases, for small and marginal farmers) on Government Land Scheme, 2017.


The Vidhan Sabha passed a resolution on August 28, 2015, which stated that though the Government is committed to take appropriate legal action of encroachment on Government land but at the same time the Government is sensitive towards the welfare of small and marginal farmers, landless, homeless, poor and backward sections of the society. Keeping in view the problems of these sections of the society who are occupying Government land out of duress and helplessness the House passed a resolution for framing an appropriate policy to provide relief to them.


The Cabinet gave its approval for restoration of lease of Government land allotted in favour of Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, Haridwar (Uttrakhand) for establishing a Branch of Yog and Ayurved related Medical Science Research and Health, Tourism and production of Herbal Medicinal plants at Mauza Kalhog, Tehsil Kandaghat district Solan. A major decision was also taken to issue Bonafide Himachali Certificate to the women of the State, who are married to persons having their permanent home outside Himachal Pradesh. This has been done with a view to give them security for rest of their lives.


The Cabinet gave its nod to introduce draft bill (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property Act, 2009) in coming session of Vidhan Sabha pertaining to prevention of violence against medicare service persons and damage to property in health institutions in the State and also to provide for imprisonment and fine and provisions for payment of compensation for damage or loss caused to the property in the Medical Service institutions by the offenders.

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