Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Cabinet today approved 15 rural group water supply schemes to be implemented by Jal Nigam. The total estimated cost of these water supply schemes is Rs 7854 crore 68 lakh. On completion of the works of these schemes, drinking water facility will be available in 4022 villages of 13 districts through door-to-door tap connection.
The Cabinet gave administrative approval to create 970 new posts and recruit in two phases Rs 237 crore for the project of Super Specialty Hospital Indore. In the meeting, 54 posts for the establishment of “State Allied Health Science Institute Jabalpur” in Medical College Jabalpur and 59 posts for the operation of “State Allied Health Science Institute Indore” established in Indore Medical College under self-funded institutions has been approved.
The Cabinet decided to set up a State Mental Health Authority (SMHA) in the state. The Public Health and Family Welfare Department has been authorized for selection and appointment of non-official members of the authority under the Mental Health Care Act. The Authority will have 9 government and 11 non-government members. In view of lack of experts in the state, it was decided to set up a Mental Health Review Board in every division.
The Cabinet decided to provide government guarantee to Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited Jabalpur to get cash credit facility of Rs 500 crore sanctioned by the State Bank of India. The company will have to pay guarantee fees at the rate of 0.5 percent per annum to the state government.
The Cabinet also approved hike in the discretionary fund of the Assembly Speaker from Rs one crore to Rs two crore and the discretionary fund of the Deputy Speaker and Leader of the Opposition from Rs 50 lakh to Rs one crore. With the aim of encouraging and recognizing voluntary workers / institutions working in the field of social rehabilitation and disabilities of the disabled in the state, the Cabinet has decided to give institutional awards of Rs two lakhs each in each category to the institutions doing excellent work in all four categories of persons with disabilities and individual awards of Rs. 1 lakh each to individuals every year.
The Cabinet has decided to provide two awards of Rs two lakh each by the state government at the state level and three awards of Rs 50 thousand each and citation to the voluntary organizations doing excellent work in the field of liquor prohibition through the Department of Social Justice and Disabled Welfare. These state level and district level awards will be given every year on October 2 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Also, it was decided to provide one-time exemption for the recruitments on posts of direct recruitment/promotion without selection process to 38 candidates of Baiga, Saharia and Bharia tribe on the post of Third Class Executive Integrated Social Security Extension Officer in the Social Justice and Disabled Welfare Department.
The Cabinet decided to extend the duration of research degree (PhD) from two years to research period or four years, whichever is less, in the scholarship scheme for higher education outside India run by the Scheduled Castes Welfare Department. Similarly, approval was given to increase the number of existing seats from 50 to 60. For the purpose of giving priority to women candidates in selection, 10 places were reserved for them. In case of not getting enough female candidates in a year, a male candidate can be selected in their place. It was decided to increase the Contingency Allowance by one thousand US $ to 1500 US $. It was decided to add a graduate degree under eligibility criteria. With this, students will be able to go for foreign studies even after higher secondary.
The Cabinet decided to implement “Madhya Pradesh Hybrid Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Policy” to promote hybridization of renewable energy sources and various types of energy storage. It was decided in the meeting to allot two acre land to Sri Ramkrishna Vivekananda Seva Ashram Pondki in Anuppur district taking a penal amount.
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