Cabinet Meeting: A historic decision


Raipur, Sep 6. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel chaired the Cabinet Meeting today at his residence office and following important decisions were taken in the meeting:

*A historic decision was taken to constitute separate departments for the welfare and development of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. This will enable the implementation of welfare schemes and programs for these sections in a more systematic manner.

*People appointed on Grade III and IV district-level and division-level posts in Korba and Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi districts of Bilaspur Division, districts of Bastar and Surguja divisions and notified scheduled areas will not be be transferred, deputed, merged, or annexed outside the district and the Division. 

*Cabinet has approved the amendment draft for Interest Subsidy Rules for Farmers’ Cooperative Loans 2021. As per the amendment, small and marginal farmers will be provided zero-interest short-term loan of up to Rs 3 lakh for horticulture works, fisheries and cow rearing.

*In the interest of farmers of the state and to conduct all the activities related to Agriculture and allied departments such as Horticulture, Fishery, Animal Husbandry etc at one place, Cabinet has decided to build Krishi Bhawan in Nava Raipur. Nearly 3.14 acres of land has been identified in Sector 19 of Nava Raipur Atal Nagar for construction of agricultural building (Krishi Bhawan) and Cabinet has decided to allot the land on Re 1 token for this purpose.

*Chhattisgarh State Hydroelectric Project (Pump Storage Based) Establishment Policy 2022 was approved to encourage investment for setting up the pump storage based hydro power projects in the state.

*To promote the establishment of small hydro power projects, the proposal for extension in the Departmental Policy-2012 was approved. At present, Cabinet has decided to extend by 10 years the duration of the notification issued for the establishment of small hydro power project of 25 MW capacity, which has expired in February 2022.

*Cabinet has decided to relax the one-year validity period for the selection list issued for appointment of 43 Assistant Cartographers in Public Works Department.

*Cabinet has decided to build paved roads in the service bank of irrigation canals with the funds of construction departments other than Water Resource Department, so that the funds under Irrigation Department could be utilized to expand the irrigation capacity of the state. 

*Post-facto approval was given to produce a short film based on the culture of Chhattisgarh and a documentary on the 75 years of independence and the formation of a New India in the next 25 years, under ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

*Cabinet has decided to extend the guarantee period for the department to get a loan for arrangement of state’s share under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) from March 2022 till December 2024 (mission period). 

*Cabinet has given the in-principle approval for the financial structure recommended by the State-Level High Power Steering Committee for the implementation of Mission AMRIT 2.0 scheme. Under the Mission Amrit 2.0, 169 urban bodies of the state have been included where the works related to water-supply and augmentation scheme will be done on priority.

*Cabinet has approved the proposal to appoint a Central Public Sector Undertaking as Project Management Consultant through limited tender for construction of Government Medical Colleges and Hospitals on turnkey basis.

*The departmental proposal for setting up solar power plant of capacity 810 MW (DC) / 675 MW (AC) to energize the agricultural feeders  with solar power, under Component-C of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Avam Utthan Maha Abhiyan (PM Kusum) scheme, was approved.

  *Solarization of agricultural pumps will provide the farmers solar energy supply in addition to the electricity supply they are presently provided for the operation of agricultural pumps. In this way, farmers will be able to operate agro-pumps on solar energy when it is available, and in case of unavailability of solar energy, electricity supply for operation of these pumps will be continued.

*Recruitment will be done on 12,489 posts of teachers in Bastar and Surguja divisions. This includes as many as 6,285 posts of assistant teachers, 5,772 posts of teachers and 432 posts of lecturers. Cabinet has decided to give 2 bonus marks for each year of service and a maximum of 10 bonus marks to the guest teachers working in the schools of Education Department.