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Jharkhand Cabinet Meeting: Cycle distribution for students to resume, paddy MSP enhanced

Ranchi, December 1:  The Jharkhand cabinet in its meeting on Thursday chaired by chief minister Hemant Soren approved distribution of bicycles among the students which was due for the last two years.

Bicycles were to be  given to students of the government schools in class VIII every year.  However, it was not given for the last two years. Thus those who did not get the bicycle due to non-distribution for the last two years will also get the same this year. It means this year students of class VIII to class X will get a bicycle at a time. A tender will be floated for the purchase of bicycles.

Cabinet co-ordination secretary Vandana Dadel while briefing the decisions taken in the cabinet meeting, said apart from approval of a proposal of cycle distribution for the students of class VIII to X at a time 36 other proposals were approved in the meeting.

The state government has fixed the minimum support price  (MSP) for paddy purchase from farmers and the target for paddy purchase. The state government will procure paddy from various districts through Jharkhand State Food Corporation and Civil Supplies Corporation. The state government has fixed the minimum support price of ordinary grade rice at Rs 2,040 per quintal and grade A paddy at Rs 2,060 per quintal.

Apart from this, the government will also give bonus per quintal on the purchase of paddy of both the grades. Apart from this, the government has set a target of 8 lakh metric tonnes of paddy procurement in the current financial year.

The state government has increased the scholarship amount to the students of classes 6 to 8 studying in residential schools run under the welfare department. Now these students will get scholarship of Rs.2500 instead of Rs.2000. The government approved this proposal in the cabinet meeting.

The government will dispose of the garbage being dumped by the Ranchi Municipal Corporation in Ratu’s Jhiri village in a scientific manner. For this, the government has approved a total of Rs 136.17 crore in the cabinet meeting. Along with this, it was decided to transfer a total of 31.303 acres of land. Juidco has prepared DPR for garbage disposal. It should be mentioned that this matter was raised several times by the members in the Vidhan Sabha that the surrounding environment was getting spoiled due to garbage dumping.

Women will be given 50 percent horizontal reservation in direct appointment of teachers in residential schools run under the Welfare Department. For this, approval was granted to exclude the posts of teachers covered by “Jharkhand State Welfare Departmental Residential School Teacher (Appointment/Promotion and Service Condition) Rules, 2017” from the purview of “Jharkhand Posts and Services Vacancies Reservation Act, 2001”.

Other important decisions include approval of Rs 218.75 crore for fourth installment payment to DVC, approval of proposal to take 526.58 crore loan to JBVNL.

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