Cabinet takes crucial decisions on state-related issues

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Nov 2017 10:44:57


Staff Reporter,


State may consider all demands put forth by Shikshakarmis, barring the demands for regularisation and merger, provided they join duty

State Govt to celebrate completion of 14 years in office from November 29 to December 10

Several significant decisions were taken during the Cabinet meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. Crucial decisions pertaining to Shikshakarmis, Tendupatta Bonus Tihar, Urja Utsav, etc were taken during the meeting. The Cabinet also approved the proposal for extending the tenure of Devendra Verma as Principal Secretary, Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, for another 2 years, till March 31, 2019.

There was major expectations that the state government would announce something to end the Shikshakarmi impasse’ but nothing major took place. However, the issue of Shikshakarmi strike came up for discussions during the cabinet meeting, wherein, presentations were given by officials on the ground situation. Thereafter, the Cabinet decided that barring the demands for regularization and merger put forth by the Shikshakarmis, all other demands could be considered provided they end their strike and join duty.

The Cabinet chaired by CM Dr Raman Singh decided to celebrate ‘Tendu patta Bonus Tihar’ from December 2 to December 11 in the entire State. Accordingly Rs 270 crore will be distributed among the 14 lakh tendu-patta collectors as Bonus. In this direction 14 programmes will be held at district and developmental head-quarters level, which will be attended by the Chief Minister, the respective District In-Charge Minister, Forest Minister, Tribal Development Minister and MPs.

The Tendu-patta Tihar will be inaugurated on December 2 at Bijapur, followed by a programme at Kondagaon’s Keshkal (Dhanoura). On December 3, the programme will be held at Sukma’s Chindgarh and Rajnandgaon’s Mohala, on December 4 at Kanker’s Antagarh, on December 5 at Shankargarh in Balrampur, on December 6 at Mainpur in Gariabandh, on December 7 at Bodla in Kawardha and Sallehwara in Rajnandgaon, on December 8 at Marwahi in Bilaspur and Dharamjaigarh in Raigarh, on December 9 at Khallari in Mahasamund, on December 10 at Sonhat in Koriya and on December 11 at village Kothva under Pathalgaon Development block in Jashpur district. The State Cabinet decided to celebrate the completion of 14 years in office by the state government on December 12.

Functions will be conducted at district head-quarters including Raipur. The District In-Charge Ministers will release district-level booklets highlighting the achievements of the past 14 years of the state government. The Public Relations Department will hold Development Exhibitions in all the districts. The Cabinet also decided to celebrate ‘Urja Utsav’ on December 12.

Programmes will be conducted at developmental blocks and districts-level. Public representatives will observe the quality of electricity transmission, dedication of 33/11 KV electricity sub-stations, providing free of cost electricity connections under the ‘Sowbhagya’ project. General category families will be provided with electricity connections at nominal installment of Rs 50 a month. Those villages and developmental blocks who have collected cent per cent electricity bills will be rewarded. The State Govt extended the guarantee period of the financial assistance of Rs 1000 crore given by State Bank of India for the food procurement of the Chhattisgarh State Marketing Federation till December 28, 2018.