The meeting of State Cabinet held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur decided to recommend to the Governor to convene the budget session of H.P. Vidhan Sabha from 23rd February to 15th March, 2022. It will have a total 16 sittings. The budget for the financial year 2022-23 will be presented on 4th March, 2022.The Cabinet decided that all summer closing educational institutions from 9th to 12th standard would open from 3rd February, 2022, alongwith all other higher educational institutions. It also decided that all the coaching institutions and libraries would also remain open from 3rd February. All Government offices would remain open, as usual for six days in a week with 100 percent capacity. However, handicapped persons and pregnant women would still continue to work from home. It was also decided that all the gyms and clubs would be opened. It was also decided that all social gatherings would be allowed with maximum 500 outdoor and 250 indoor with 50 percent of the capacity, subject to adherence of the Covid-19 safety protocols and covid appropriate behaviour. Night curfew would remain in force as usual from 10 pm to 6 am and shops will open and close on normal times and langar would remain suspended till further orders.
The Cabinet gave its nod to Himachal Pradesh Integrated Drug Prevention Policy to curb drug menace in the State. This policy aims at curbing the grievous problem of drug trafficking, substance abuse, drug cultivation, production and consumption prevalent in the State. It also aims at strengthening inter-governmental and inter agency coordination under multi-literal cooperation mechanism by sharing seizure statistics/data, joint drug law enforcement operations and establishment of joint interrogation centre. It also gave its approval to engage M/s Krsnaa Diagnostic Private Ltd. Pune, the successful L-1 bidder offering maximum discount of 40.50% on IGMC-RKS/CGHS rates for providing diagnostic services upto the CHC level as per HUB and SPOKE Model for 236 tests including 53 free tests through open bid tender. Till now Laboratory services in the State were being provided at 24 health institutions only and this decision would facilitate the patients in getting diagnostic facilities at their door steps. It gave its approval to establish Sub Division of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department at Himachal Bhawan New Delhi alongwith filling up of nine posts of different categories.
The Cabinet decided to make partial amendment in its decision regarding opening new Division of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department at Shahpur in Kangra on 14th January, 2022 by including three sections viz. Chairi, Gaggal and Rajaul under Sub Division Gaggal to facilitate the people of the area. It decided to upgrade Government Middle School Bahwa in Chachiot area to Government High School and Government High Schools, Magi, Seri Bhatwara and Bagi Bhanwas in Seraj area of Mandi district to Government Senior Secondary Schools alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts for smooth functioning. The Cabinet gave its approval to open office of Horticulture Development Officer in Development Block Balichowki in Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of four posts. It also decided that the State Government would bear Aadhaar Authentication charges of 25 paisa per transaction being imposed on ration card holders. This would benefit about 19,30,000 ration card holders of the State and the Government would spend about Rs. 55.58 lakh on this account. The Cabinet decided to enhance the annual income limit for availing benefits of various pension schemes started by the Social Justice and Empowerment Department from existing Rs. 35000 to Rs. 50000 per annum. This would benefit about 78158 additional beneficiaries under various schemes.