Ranchi: Jharkhand government today approved the State Women’s Policy 2014 and the proposal for renewal of iron ore mining lease of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Tata Steel. The decision was taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet.
Presiding over the meeting, Chief Minister Hemant Soren approved a total of 36 proposals with his Cabinet colleagues.
Giving information about the meeting, the principal secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat and Coordination Department JB Tubid said, “Several important decisions for providing employment opportunities to women and ensuring their socio-economic development were taken during the Cabinet meeting. Every year State Women’s Day will be celebrated on 15th October. The day will be declared a public holiday.”
Tubid said the Cabinet approved the limestone mining lease renewal proposal of ACC Limited for 20 years. The mining lease was given for West Singhbhum. Third lease renewal was given for iron ore mining to Tata Steel on 768 acre land in Noamundi. Lease of SAIL was renewed for iron ore mining on 561 hectare land in Dhubil-Daniaburu. Another lease of SAIL was renewed second time for iron ore mining on 1443 hectare land for 20 years.
In other decisions, the proposal to upgrade 121 schools was approved. The Cabinet distributed Rs 685 crore among the four companies of Jharkhand State Electricity Board. Besides, six railway project MoUs were expanded second time.
The state government has decided to provide Rs 9.14 crore to Palamu and Garhwa districts for compensating the losses incurred by the farmers due to scanty rainfall. Both the districts will be declared drought affected.
The Cabinet approved the Dearness Allowance (DA) of non-revised state government employees. Now the employees will get 212 per cent DA instead of 200 per cent. The announcement will be effective from 1st July 2014 onwards.
DA of pensioners and family pensioners will get 7 per cent hike in DA. The Cabinet also approved a fund of Rs 87.43 crore for the revival of Harmu river.