1,500 posts of constable to be filled
The Cabinet today approved filling of 1,900 posts, including 1,500 of police constable on a regular basis through direct recruitment, and also decided to rename the HP Subordinate Services Selection Board, Hamirpur, as the Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presided over the meeting.
The Cabinet gave its nod to the constitution of the Himachal Pradesh Govansh Samvardhan Board for preservation, welfare and development of cow species.
In another decision, it approved the formation of the joint venture company - Himachal Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Limited - for the implementation of 1000 mw Solar Park in Spiti. The state government and the Union government will be partners in the joint venture on the 50:50 basis.
The Cabinet agreed to invite tenders for the supply of school uniforms to students of Class 1 to 10 under the Mahatma Gandhi Vardi Yojana for two sessions. The supply of uniforms was delayed last year and mired in controversy.
The approval was given to the renewal of lease of government land in favour of Jai Prakash Venture Limited for Baspa-II hydropower project in Up-Mohal Dharbadanga of Kinnaur district. The Cabinet agreed to restore Rawin (1 mw) small hydro-electric project in Shimla after fulfilling certain conditions.
It decided to declare four small hydropower projects, Gohar-I, Gohar-II, Jena Raugi and Bata, as technically and financially unviable and also cancelled the Nahogi project. It decided to cancel Sapangani and Behali projects in Kullu district due to non-seriousness of independent power producers. The Cabinet approved the Solar Power Policy-2016 for setting up solar photovoltaic projects.
It gave ex-post facto approval to impose ban on the sale of loose cigarettes and bidis and also directed the Health Department to draft a legislation for registration of retailers of tobacco products.
The ex-post facto approval was also given to extension of agreement for operationalising National Ambulance Services for three months.
The Cabinet approved to take over Sri Triloki Nath Temple of Udaipur in Lahaul-Spiti district.