As the social health insurance plays a vital role in protecting people from catastrophic health expenditure the State Government in the Cabinet meeting held here today approved implementing of the ‘Mukhya Mantri State Health Care Scheme’(MMSHCS) from financial year 2015-16.
The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh after the Cabinet observed two minutes silence for paying tributes to the departed soul of former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
The MMSHCS would be provided to as many as 1.50 lakh beneficiaries which will also include Ekal Naaris, Senior Citizens above 80 years of age, Anganwari workers/helpers and Mid-day meal workers, Daily Wage and part time workers of State, Autonomous Bodies, Societies, Rogi Kalyan Samities (RKS), Boards and Corporation who were not covered under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna or any other medical reimbursement scheme.
The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that beneficiaries would be identified by the concerned department/Panchayat Secretary. The beneficiary would be eligible for coverage of the financial costs of in-patient health care services and certain specified day-care procedures not requiring hospitalisation.
He said that there was a provision for reasonable pre and post-hospitalisation expenses for one day prior and five day after hospitalisation, besides provision for transport allowance.
The State government would contribute 100 percent as a provision of Rs. 12 crore has been kept to meet out the expenditure under MMSHCS during the current fiscal.
The smarts cards will be active from 1st January 2016 and the beneficiary can avail benefit till December 2020, added he.
OTHER CABINET DECISIONS
Decks were cleared to construct Mini-Secretariat at Sujanpur Tihra by demolishing the sub-divisional office to house various offices under single roof. The Cabinet gave its nod to dismantle the old building of Sub
divisional officer/Tehsil office to pave the way for construction of Mini Secretariat.
The Cabinet accorded its approval for co-contribution of Rs 1000 per annum by the State Government in each account holder for next three years who join the Atal Pension Yojna as per the Budgetary announcement of Chief Minister in the age group of 18 to 40 years. It was further approved that the government would make co-contribution in the account of only those families/workers/subscribers etc who have enrolled under the Yojna and are contributing the due amount in their pension accounts, to become eligible for State governments co-contribution
The Cabinet approved to increase the bed capacity to 50 each in Civil Hospital Kandaghat and Civil Hospital Junga. Besides, up-gradation of CHC Amb to Civil Hospital was also accorded approval by the Cabinet. The Cabinet also gave its nod to upgrade bed capacity of Civil Hospital Theog from existing 50 to 150.
The Cabinet gave its approval to exclude the Kamand Planning area in Mandi district from HP Town and Country Planning Act and de-notify the same in public interest.
Nod was given by the Cabinet to develop proposed multi-level parking cum commercial complex through PPP mode on Built Operate and Transfer basis (BOT) at Janchu-Ka-Nallah, Mohal Seri in district Mandi. The Cabinet also approved construction of proposed parking cum commercial complex at Vikas Nagar Shimla.
CABINET GAVE NOD TO CREATE/FILL AROUND 700 POSTS,
523 POST IN HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALONE
The Cabinet gave its nod to fill as many as 500 posts of paramedical staff in Health and Family Welfare department on Rogi Kalyan Samiti basis either by direct recruitment, promotions or on batch wise basis. Nod was given to fill one post each of Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in the CTVS department besides one post of Assistant Professor in Department of Neurosurgery in IGMC Shimla. It approved creation of two posts of designated officers in the department of Health and Safety Regulation with one post for the headquarter in Shimla and the other in Kinnaur. It also
gave consent to create three posts of various categories for each Primary Health Centre Dharogra in Shimla district and in PHC Kholanal (Bali-Chowki) in district Mandi besides creating five posts of various categories in Community Health Centre Bathri in Chamba district. Apart from this it allowed creating 10 post of various category in newly upgraded Community Health Centre at Baddi.
The Cabinet also accorded approval to fill by direct recruitment as many as 112 posts of Junior Engineers (civil) and five posts of Junior Engineer (mechanical) on contract basis through direct recruitment. It also decided to fill 10 vacant posts of Assistant Engineers (civil) through direct recruitment on contract basis in Irrigation and Public Health department. Besides it was also decided to fill 13 posts of various categories on contract basis in Town and Country Planning department and nine posts of different categories in Printing and Stationary department.
The Cabinet decided to create three posts of Assistant Sub Inspectors and 18 posts of constables in Police department for district Kullu. It also accorded approval to fill two posts of District Public Relations/Information officers by way of direct recruitment on contract basis.
Bills and Acts
The Cabinet gave its approval to table the Himachal Pradesh Fruit Nurseries Registration and Regulation Bill 2015 in the ensuing Vidhan Sabha session.
Himachal Pradesh Cabinet observing two minutes silence to pay tributes to the departed soul of former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at Shimla on 30 July 2015.
Himachal Pradesh State Co-operative bank has become the first bank in the country in co-operative sector to launch its own mobile banking (mobile app) and e-portal.
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh launched the mobile banking application and e-portal of the bank here today.
The Chief Minister congratulated the bank officers, particularly its Chairman, Shri Harsh Mahajan for achieving the feat and taking the bank to new heights and appreciated the role of the bank in the State.
The Chief Minister said that the customers would be able to use the new technique and would have easy access to bank facilities and internet banking. Besides, it would also help the management to easily communicate with its employees as and when desired.
Detailing about the mobile banking and e-portal system Shri Harsh Mahajan said that the mobile banking solution of the bank has been designed with customer centric approach using the security norms as laid down by Reserve Bank of India. He said that the application has been developed for all the segments of the customer who can take benefit from this secured platform of banking transaction anywhere in the world and can transfer funds towards business at any bank in India.
The e-portal will further help the employees to keep a watch on the working of the Bank and help check bank leakages as the e-portal has been developed using web centric secured and reliable technology.
Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh State co-operative Bank, Shri Gopal Sharma, said that the mobile application could be downloaded from the web-site of the bank or from Google play store.
Chief Secretary Shri P. Mitra, Additional Chief Secretary, Shri V.C. Pharka and Shri Narinder Chauhan, Director Information and Public Relations, Dr. M.P. Sood, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Dr. Radhakrishnan were also present on the occasion
Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh being greeted by Chairman HPSCB and its Managing Director during the launching of mobile banking and e-portal of the bank at Shimla on 30 July 2015.
Lt. General Sanjeev Madhok, PVSM,AVSM,VSM GOC-in Chief Army Training Command calls on Chief Minister Sh. Virbhadra Singh at Shimla on 29 July 2015.
After the restoration of ancestral property rights to the women in Tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh in a landmark judgment by the HP High Court a month back, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh, cleared his intention for providing land to landless and the younger sibling in Tribal areas of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur to be given ‘Nautor’ land within six months.
He was presiding over the 44th meeting of the Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) held here today.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that there were age old traditions in Lahaul and Spiti where the there was a Bara Ghar (House of elder Brother) and Chotta Ghar (Younger Brother) and the elder inherited the property whereas the siblings either join the monastery or nunneries or work as labourers or open small shops for a living. I am strongly of the opinion that this age-old tradition must change, he said and issued direction to formulate a policy within six months so that all younger siblings get their share.
He said that there were many cases coming to his office regarding providing land to landless in Spiti area of the State and a radical policy be formulated to provide land to them and others in Tribal areas to be followed retrospectively in Kinnaur district as well.
The Chief Minister also assured for opening a HRTC Sub-Depot at Kaza and also announced fertilizers sub-depot at Udaipur. He said that a sub committee be formed under the Chairmanship of Forest Minister, with secretary law, secretary forests, secretary tribal development, PCCF to look into the Forest Clearance Cases in Tribal areas so that the development works do not hinder in view of the notification issued by the forest department in July 2014.
Taking cognizance of much delay in routing 66 KV electric line till Kaza and Losar, the Chief Minister suggested to hold a meeting under the Chief Secretary and submit report at the earliest. He said whatever survey was to be done should be done on priority. He also directed to look into power cuts in Killar in Pangi valley and told to submit a report within 15 days.
The Chief Minister also asked for details of the works along with the expenditure on such works under Local Area Development Fund (LADA) in Kinnaur district within ten days. He also inquired about detailed report of the posts which got transferred along-with the incumbent from Tribal areas. He said that in such cases the posts would be restored in Tribal areas.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that the survey of tunnel from Chamba to Pangi be seriously undertaken as it would reduce much distance to Killar and said that the survey on Holi-Utrala Tunnel was being done by M/s SJVNL.
The Chief Minister however directed the department to fill up the vacant posts of doctors and para-medical staff in tribal areas on priority within two months positively. He directed to dispatch consignment of essential drugs of Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Allopathy in the Tribal areas before September or October. The Chief Minister took a serious view of non filling of posts of teachers of all categories by the education department in various schools in tribal areas, particularly in Lahaul and Bharmour-Pangi and said that the vacant posts be soon filled so that the study of the students do not suffer.
The Chief Minister asked to restore eco-tourism facilities in Nichar. Besides, as per the demands of the farmers of Lahaul and Spiti for construction of Poly houses, the Chief Minister said that the instruction had been issued to construct poly houses of different designs as compared to other areas of the State and the request regarding construction of poly houses beyond an area of 40 square meters would be considered and necessary instructions were issued to the Horticulture and Agriculture departments in this regard.
It is for the first time that four women representatives were amidst us as special invitees from Tribal areas, said the Chief Minister, adding that the welfare of the people of the tribal areas and its development had always remained his priority. The government was committed to provide better education and health services to the people of the Tribal areas and in this direction 47 posts of doctors including seven specialists had been filled up.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that around Rs 984.53 crores were being spent for development in the tribal areas in the fiscal 2015-16, adding that Rs 47.36 crore was being spent on construction of Roads, Bridges and Buildings in this financial year and a sum of Rs 68.01 crore in Education and Health sector.
Forest Minister, Shri Thakur Singh Bharmouri welcomed the Chief Minister on the occasion while Deputy Speaker Vidhan Sabha Shri Jagat Singh Negi proposed vote of thanks.
Additional Chief Secretary and Commissioner Tribal Development Shri V.C. Pharka the proceedings.
Vice-Chairman National Commission for Schedule Tribes, Shri Ravi Thakur, Chief Secretary, Shri P Mitra, were also present on the occasion amongst non official members from the tribal areas of the State and senior officers of the State Government.
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