The State Cabinet in its meeting held on Thursday presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has decided to reduce sewerage charges from 50 percent to 30 percent being charged by the Jal Shakti department .

It also gave nod to enhance financial assistance for education up to two children of the registered beneficiaries of Himachal Pradesh Buildings and other Construction Workers Welfare Board. Now the girl child and boy would get annual financial assistance of Rs. 8,000 and 5,000 respectively instead of Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 3,000 respectively from 1st to 8th standard. Similarly from 9th to 12th standard girl child would get Rs. 11,000 instead of Rs. 10,000 and boys would receive financial assistance of Rs. 8,000 instead of Rs. 6,000.

For graduation the girls would get Rs. 16,000 instead of Rs. 15,000 and boys would receive Rs. 12,000 instead of Rs. 10,000. Similarly, for post graduation and diploma courses of one year to three years duration, the girls would get Rs. 21,000 instead of Rs. 20,000 and boys would receive Rs.17, 000 instead of Rs. 15,000. For professional courses/ degrees and Ph. D, Research Courses, the girls would get Rs. 36,000 in place of Rs. 35,000 and boys would get financial assistance of Rs. 27,000 per annum in place of Rs. 25,000. It also decided to enhance the financial assistance from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 51,000 for marriage of workers up to Rs. 51,000 each for the marriage of two children.

The Cabinet gave its approval to implement Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme in Kullu, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts, besides creation of two posts of women welfare officer.

The Cabinet gave its approval for constitution of State Food Commission for effective monitoring and review of implementation of National Food Security Act, 2013 in the State; simplify rules to give employment on compassionate ground and creation of 30 posts of JE civil and 20 posts of JE (Mechanical) in Jalshakti department.

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It decided to start Science (Non Medical) classes in government senior secondary school Bari Kandrori in Indora Assembly constituency and commerce classes in government senior secondary school, Gummar in Jwalamukhi Assembly segment.

It also gave its consent to name the Horticulture and Forestry Development and Extension Institute, Thunag as College of Forestry and Horticulture Thunag along with creation of requisite posts to manage this college.

It also decided to open Sub Division of Jal Shakti Vibhag at Narag in Sirmaur district, besides creating new sections at Narag and Deelman under this Sub Division.

The Cabinet gave its consent for appointment of 18 left out staff nurses working under the National Health Mission in Rogi Kalyan Samiti on contract from the roster points in respect of which requisition of recruitment of staff nurses has already been placed by Director Health Services with Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur by considering these appointments from prospective date.

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