Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its Meeting held here on Tuesday granted permission to fill up 200 vacancies of Medical Officers in the Health and Family Welfare Department with a view to strengthen the health services network in the State. Out of 200 posts 125 posts shall be earmarked for Medical Officers with Post Graduate Degree and balance 75 for Medical Officers with MBBS Degree.
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal presided over the Meeting.
It was decided to increase contractual pay of different categories of para medical staff appointed in Health and Family Welfare Department through Rogi Kalyan Samities by 40 percent. Senior Laboratory Technician will now be getting Rs. 10,500 per month instead of Rs. 7,500; Radiographer to get Rs. 9,500 instead of Rs. 6,825; Operation Theatre Attendent to get Rs. 7,000 instead of Rs, 4,995; Medical Social Worker to get Rs, 12,200 instead of Rs. 8,700; Child Psychologist to get Rs. 15,150 instead of Rs. 10,830; Physics Technician to get Rs. 10,500 instead of Rs. 7,500; BT Health Visitor to get Rs, 9,250 instead of Rs. 6,000 and Physiotherapist to get Rs. 11,500 instead of Rs. 8,220, per month they were getting earlier.
It was also decided to provide 3 percent annual increment to the contractual employees in the Panchayati Raj Institutions. This is in fulfillment of the Budget Announcements made by the Chief Minister.
It was decided to recruit 142 drivers in Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation on contract basis and also relax upper age limit in favour of 16 applicants who at the time of interview were otherwise eligible for the post and now crossed the recruitable age limit of 45 years.
It was decided to enhance the pay of Post Graduate doctors. First Year Students will now be getting Rs. 25,000 instead of Rs. 15,000; Second Year to get Rs. 27,000 instead of Rs. 16,000 and Third Year to get Rs. 30,000 instead of Rs. 17,000 per month they were getting earlier. Similarly Senior Resident (Post PG) of First Second and Third Year will now be getting Rs. 40,000, Rs. 42,500 and Rs. 45,000 respectively per month instead of Rs. 35,000 they were getting earlier. Interns of the Government Medical and Dental college will now be getting a monthly scholarship of Rs. 8,000 per month instead of Rs. 5,000 they were getting earlier.
It was decided to fill up 18 posts of Operation Theatre Attendants and One Neurologist in IGMC, Shimla.
It was also decided to provide a bimonthly fixed Mobile Phone payment of Rs. 350 under CUG Plan of BSNL to all Medical Officers working on regular basis w.e.f. April 1, 2012. This is in fulfilment of the Budget Announcement of the Chief Minister.
It was approved to exempt entry tax on newsprint used for printing of newspaper in the State during next financial year 2012-13 in larger public interest and also reduce Entry Tax rate on non-ferrous metals from ½ percent to 1.4 percent. This is in fulfilment of the Budget Announcement of the Chief Minister.
It was approved to reduce VAT from 13.75 to 5 percent on sweetmeats and milk products prepared and sold by manufacturers, milk federations and co-operative societies located in the State.