Concerned over poor results and the degradation of learning levels, the Himachal Pradesh cabinet recently approved the “Mukhya Mantri Shikshak Samman Yojana”. The cabinet meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
The Mukhya Mantri Shikshak Samman Yojana is aimed at motivating teachers to strive for giving better performance. It would be applicable to trained graduate teachers (TGT), post graduate teachers (PGT), headmasters and principals. Those who give 100 percent results consistently for five years will be rewarded with a one-year extension in service and cash incentives. The scheme had been announced by the Chief Minister in his 2016 budget speech.
In another important decision, the Cabinet approved to introduce education as a new subject at undergraduate level in government degree colleges from 2017-18 academic session, provided that the total strength of students in the college exceeds 4,000. This is being done to provide better foundation for students to qualify entrance exam for admission in various institutions.
The Cabinet also approved the “Chief Minister’s Start-up/innovation Projects/New Industries Scheme” to generate self-employment and employment opportunities for youth.
The scheme will generate and upgrade the skill of entrepreneurs by providing them all support including professional guidance. It also aims at helping and hand-holding entrepreneurs to select viable projects in the potential areas in manufacturing and service sectors and train them to set up start-ups and subsequently manage and run their enterprises.
The Cabinet gave its nod to filling of over 230 posts in various departments and decided to declare as many as 1,004 technical assistance under MNREGA workers with five years service as “Daily wagers” as on March 31, 2016 and to provide wages to 663 Technical Assistant from September 26, 2012.
The Cabinet decided to levy administrative and contingency charges at the rate of 9 per cent for Central Government ministries and various public sector units, including National Highways Authority of India, Railways and the Ministry of Defense for initiating several land acquisition proceedings in the state on the analogy of other states like Haryana, Bihar and Assam.
The nod was also given for creation of about 300 posts of various categories in different departments. The Cabinet meeting also decided to hold the winter session of the state Assembly at Dharamsala from December 19 to December 23, 2016.