The registered Unani and Ayurvedic doctors state will now be allowed to recommend allopathic medicines to patients. The permission, however, will be limited only a few medicines. A decision to this effect was taken in meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here.
As per a government spokesperson, the decision has been taken in view of shortage of MBBS doctors and for providing proper medical facilities in rural areas. Due to the restriction on Unani and Ayurvedic doctors, the rural population was unable to get proper medical care. Similar arrangement is already applicable in Maharashtra and Haryana. For implementing the decision, soon an amendment will be done in the UP Indian Medical Act 1939.
The cabinet gave its nod to the recommendation of chief secretary-level committee for removing pay anomalies of health education officers, district health officers and information officers by granting the amended/upgraded pay scale with immediate effect, the release said. Implementation of this recommendation would benefit about 1,000 employees and put an additional burden of over Rs 4 crore on the exchequer.
Among other important decisions, the cabinet approved raising the retirement age of registrar and employees of Bhartiya Chikitsa Parishad (UP) from 58 years to 60, it added.
The cabinet also approved creation of four new tehsils, including Martinganj in Azamgarh, Govardhan in Mathura, and Pali and Madawra in Lalitpur, for better administration. The cabinet also gave clearance to additional grant to Bundelkhand region for promoting oilseed cultivation. It also cleared the proposal for giving government gurantee to a loan of Rs 1,500 crore from HUDCO for Lohia Gramin Awas Scheme.
Other salient decisions include closure of Yamuna Power Generation Company Limited and its Yamuna Power Project in Greater Noida. It was proposed during previous BSP regime but could not get environment clearance and hence has been scrapped.
Cabinet also gave clearance to international airport construction at Kushinagar, more funding for construction of Janeshwar Mishra park and allotment of Sampoornand Jail Institute land to Lucknow Metro for construction of housing colony.