The Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Monday approved a policy to ensure the well-being of senior citizens,especially those in rural areas. The policy,detailed modalities of which will be worked out later,intends to give the senior citizens a legitimate place in society and help them financially,socially
and physically to lead a dignified life.
This cabinet meeting was expected to be last for the incumbent government heading for Assembly polls later this year.
Senior citizens are an important part of the society and this policy will strike for providing such people shelter,social security and protection against any abuse and exploitation, said a government spokesman. To achieve its objectives,the government will constitute an age integrated society to strengthen inter-generational relationships,particularly between youth and the elderly in a family.
The government has proposed an action plan for implementation of the policy and a state-level advisory committee will be set up for the purpose. Panchayati Raj institutions will also be encouraged to participate in the implementation.
Meanwhile,the cabinet also decided to adopt a policy to regularise services of Rogi Kalyan Samities (RKS) contractual staff by converting them into government contractual employees on completion of three years of RKS employment.
Once on government contract,they will be further eligible for regularisation after six years of contractual service.
Assembly poll tickets: Congress election panel leaves it to Sonia
The much-awaited meeting of the Himachal Congress election committee headed by state president Virbhadra Singh,which was held in New Delhi on Monday to decide on tickets for the forthcoming Assembly polls,decided to leave it all to party president Sonia Gandhi. The meeting lasted over 90 minutes. During the meeting,a single line resolution was passed,authorising AICC president Sonia Gandhi to clear the list of the 68 candidates for the Assembly election in the state, said party general secretary Sudhir Sharma. AICC general secretary Birender Singh,along with 15 members,attended the meeting.
According to sources,the committee approved broad parameters to deny tickets to those who had lost their security deposits in the previous elections or have lost the elections three successive times. Moreover,no candidate belonging to reserved category will get ticket to contest from general seats.
For the elections slated to he held later this year,Congress has received over 900 applications for tickets.
Rs 600 crore cleared for new industrial units
The Himachal Pradesh government on Monday granted clearance for setting up three new industrial units and expansion of four existing units,entailing investment of Rs 593.57 crore. The proposals is set to generate employment for 882 people.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the state-level Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority. The new proposals included setting up of a cold chains in apple growing area of Kumarsain in Shimla district (Rs 14.71 crore) and at Bihal village in Manali area (Rs 10.58 crore). The government also approved Jaypee Cements proposal for expansion of its plant at a cost of Rs 323.99 crore at Baga village in Solan.
Speaking at the meeting,Chief Minister Dhumal said: Himachal has emerged as a favoured destination for investors due to its safe industrial climate. Despite the special industrial package sanctioned during the NDA regime being withdrawn by the Centre three years ahead of its scheduled time,but still,investors feel secure in the states investment-friendly environment.
It all had been possible due to the quality infrastructure created to meet the requirement of industrialists, he added.