Himachal women can write competitive exams without fee


Shimla : Inman effort to women the Himachal Pradesh government today decided to exempt the female candidates appearing in competitive examinations being held by Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, Shimla and Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur from paying entry examination fee.

It also gave its consent to provide free text books to all the students of 9th and 10th standards of general category studying in government schools.

Keeping in view the vulnerability of the State to multiple natural and man induced hazards, the Cabinet decided to constitute State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) consisting of three companies. This would facilitate the State Government to pre-position its resources and mobilize them within shortest possible time in case of natural calamities. In addition to this SDRF can also be utilized during Manimahesh Yatra, Shrikhand Yatra, Kinnar Kailash Yatra and other events where preventive measures are required.

The Cabinet gave its consent to enhance the financial assistance being given to the eligible families under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna–Gramin and Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna by Rs. 20,000. Now the beneficiaries will be getting Rs. 1.50 lakh instead of Rs. 1.30 lakh.  Similarly, it also decided to increase the amount under Mukhya Mantri Awas Murammat Yojna from existing Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 35000.

It gave its approval to link 10 market yards with e-NAM (Electronic National Agriculture Market) to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers of their produce.

With this, 29 market yards (Subzi Mandi) have been linked with this facility. This will provide farmers a common online market platform for sale of their produce besides providing them better price through transparent auction process alongwith timely online payment.

The Cabinet gave its nod to fill 10 posts of Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services through direct recruitment from Himachal Pradesh Public Services Commission in Personnel Department.

The Cabinet also gave its approval to fill up 174 posts of different categories in Police Department for smooth functioning of the department.