The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, chaired by CM Virbhadra Singh, on Thursday cleared a proposal to establish a new medical college at Haroli in Una district .The government will invite Expression of Interests (EoIs) from private investors for the project.
The Cabinet has also decided to amend the mandatory service period policy in several medical blocks for post graduation degree/diploma courses in government run medical and dental colleges.
The Cabinet imposed three strict conditions on the investors. Only those proprietors will be allowed who already have experience in the field and sound financial condition. Also, the project will have to be made functional within three years.
The project is seen among political circles as a major political boost to Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri – who represents the constituency and had already secured several mega projects sanctioned in including an Indian Institute of Information Technology.
Prospective promoters of the project will also be expected to make arrangements for the land.
The state has two medical colleges that are government-owned- Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla and Rajendra Prasad medical college at Tanda (Kangra). Three other medical colleges have also been for the state in the government sector at Nahan, Chamba and Hamirpur. A proposed AIIMS at Bilaspur and ESIC hospital at Ner Chawk in Mandi are central government projects. Haroli medical college will be the second private sector college in the state.
The Cabinet also decided to increase the stipend of the intern students of IGMC and HP government Dental College, Shimla and Dr. Rajinder Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda.
The rates of stipend were enhanced from present Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 benefiting the interns in medical colleges and dental college of the State.
In order to ensure the services of specialists in medical institutes, the Cabinet decided to amend the policy of post graduation degree/diploma courses in government run medical and dental colleges. A mandatory service period in Pangi, Bharmour, Tissa, in all medical blocks of Lahaul & Spiti, in medical blocks of Chirgaon, Nerwa and Tikker and in Chohar valley of Padhar Block has been reduced to one year from the existing two.
In Bhabanagar medical Block of Nichar, Nirmand and Ani, Karsog and Jhanjeli medical blocks, in Pukhri, Choori, Kihar and Samote Medical blocks of Chamba, in Shillai and Sangrah, in Mahakal medical block of Kangra, in Nankhari, Matiana, Kotkhai and Kumarsain medical blocks the mandatory service period has been reduced to two years instead of existing three years.
The Cabinet agreed to grant four-tier pay scale to Medical Officers by counting ad-hoc/Rozi Kalyan Samitis .The Cabinet gave nod for regularisation of services of Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKS) employees of IGMC, Shimla
Reviews Eco-tourism policy
The Cabinet also decided to revive the Eco-tourism Policy, 2015 to provide self employment opportunities to the youth of the State and to open new areas for the tourists visiting the state.
The Cabinet approved imparting training to ITIs and Polytechnic trainees under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna’ (PMKVY).